During the middle 1970s, when I was in either the fourth or fifth grade, I had a teacher (both years, which is why I can't be sure) who routinely read stories to our class during the afternoon.
She read us one, which I believe was a picture-style children's book, not a full novel-length work, and which has bits and pieces stuck in my memory ever since. Hence, my request for help.
The book would have been read to me somewhere between 1974 and 1976, but I don't know if it was a new book then or something that had been around a while. I have no recollection of the author's name at all, if I ever knew it.
I only remember bits, though, so bear with me please.
What I recall is:
- There may have been a treehouse involved; either the MC(s) ran there, or it started there, but I think the former
- The monster seemed amorphous, but I think I recall the mouth was described as wide and had rows upon rows of teeth (what self-respecting monster doesn't, after all?)
- The monster shakes/"rumbles" the ground when it pursues the child(ren); this is how they know it's coming
- I don't know if I remember accurately or not, but the monster MAY have been chewing through things during the pursuit
I know that isn't much, and I really apologize for not being able to do a better job, but it has been more than 40 years since the book was read to me.
I hope someone can locate the title and author. I'd actually like to see it again, though I believe that possibility slim.
I've done repeated Google searches; alas, the data I can provide has not yielded any results for me. Hopefully someone here has been Google-fu and can find it.
Thank you to anyone for taking the time to search.