Publishers WeeklyA monster who looks like a lovable cross between a bunny and a wombat prepares for bed: "Brush your fangs, Little Monster./ Get everyone clean,/ and floss out those beetles/ all stuck in-between." Leick's bruise-colored illustrations ratchet up the endearingly gruesome details--the tub has actual claw feet, the monster drinks cold worm juice, and there's an eyeball for a nightlight. But a message of motherly devotion also rings loud and clear: "Sweet dreams, Little Monster./ My darling, sleep tight./ With Mama nearby,/ you'll be safe through the night." Cute, with just the right amount of ick. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
A little monster gets ready for bed.
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury SwanLittle Monster's bedtime ritual starts with howling at the moon. He takes a bath and gets his scales scrubbed clean. Then he gets the bugs picked off his ears, dries off, and puts on his pajamas. Next comes a yummy snack of worm juice and baked beetle bread, after which Little Monster brushes his fangs and snuggles in for a story. A thorough check under the bed shows no children lurking to nibble his toes. Finally, with his sheet pulled up snug and his night light on, Little Monster is ready to sleep. With Mama nearby, Little Monster knows he can sleep through the night. The illustrations are adorable and the author's imagination of what a little monster might likehe takes his favorite toy slug to bed with himmake this book a cute addition to the nighttime reading list. Some discerning readers might notice that the rhyming meter was occasionally off. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2—Bedtime rituals, monster-style. In the tub, Little Monster scrubs his scales and his mom picks all the bugs off his "cute, furry ears." His bedtime snack includes worm juice and baked beetle bread. He brushes his fangs and chooses a book to cuddle up with. While the text is quite fun to read, it is the watercolor illustrations that steal the show. Each page is filled with kid-friendly monster details such as a toothbrush with a bone handle, spider pj's, a tub with real claw feet, an eyeball night-light, and, of course, bats and mice all around. Take a standard "getting ready for bed" picture book, add in a good dose of Halloween monster stuff, and you get this delightful tale. A fun storytime or anytime book for all but the most sensitive child.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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