Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Candlewick Press, $14.99
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What it's about: Monsters are usually confined to the imaginary space beneath your child's bed, but not in this bedtime story. Author Jane Yolen frees the crawling creatures from their dark caves and places them in an alternative universe, where monsters rule the world. Child monsters play in the park, go to school, wear backpacks, eat snacks, bathe and dread bed time. While these miniature monsters act like their human counterparts, they certainly growl and grunt more than the average child. The illustrations add cuddly visuals of fat, furry creatures, inciting the reader to marvel over their cuteness.
Why read it: This is a nice bedtime read, fittingly described as "a lullaby." The rhyming lines and deeply colored pages will soothe your child to sleep. In fact, the book ends with some monster zzzz's, which creates the perfect lead-in to lights out.
-- Hadley Newton, Special to the Star-Telegram