Children will love this monsterously fun story, featuring die-cuts on every spread. With each turn of the page, readers reveal Little Green Monster's little yellow eyes, his little red mouth, and even a cute, tiny white monster tooth. Then, when the stars begin to appear, it's time for bed... so, nighty night, little yellow eyes. Nighty night, little red mouth. Nighty night, ...
Children will love this monsterously fun story, featuring die-cuts on every spread. With each turn of the page, readers reveal Little Green Monster's little yellow eyes, his little red mouth, and even a cute, tiny white monster tooth. Then, when the stars begin to appear, it's time for bed... so, nighty night, little yellow eyes. Nighty night, little red mouth. Nighty night, cute little white tooth. Sweet dreams!
Twenty years after Go Away, Big Green Monster! Emberley uses die-cuts to introduce readers to a new monster, and this one’s much younger (and far less scary) than its predecessor. As with the earlier book, the die-cuts accumulate to reveal the monster at the halfway point of the book, with Emberley highlighting colorful body parts (“a little red smiley mouth,” “one little curly purple hair”) along the way. During the second half, the appearance of sparkly die-cut stars signals bedtime, and readers can bid good night to each monster body part as the book moves toward a sweet dreams ending. Just the thing for children to wind down with after a candy-fueled Halloween night. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
- Phyllis Kennemer
Youngsters will know they are in for a treat when they first see this book. The green top of a small monster's head features yellow eyes in die-cut circles that sink deep into the back of the book. The reader gets closer to the eyes with each turn of the page. Other shapes are also cut into the pages. The next facial features introduced are a bluish-greenish nose and squiggly ears of the same color. Beneath those we find a red smiley mouth and one tiny white tooth. A little curly purple hair appears on top of the head before the whole green happy face appears. Now, the first star gives a hint of bedtime. The number of stars increases as the refrain of "nighty night" repeats for each feature beginning with the purple hair, progressing on to the nose and ears, then the red mouth and the white tooth, and lastly the yellow eyes. The closing page is covered with stars and a silver moon. A fun bedtime story for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—Children will be starstruck with this monstrously interactive bedtime story. Die-cut shapes on every spread reveal Little Green Monster's physical features: his yellow eyes, bluish-greenish squiggly ears, curly purple hair, etc. Words that describe a feature of the little monster (e.g., "bluish-green nose" and "red smiley mouth with one tiny white tooth") are printed in the corresponding colors. As the story progresses, cut-out stars start to appear, representing bedtime. Colorful words and die-cut-shaped features of the monster are then repeated as readers say "nighty night" to Little Green Monster. Hologram stars, along with a half-moon, fill the final page. Although visually appealing and interactive for toddlers, the die-cut shapes will most likely be vulnerable to wear and tear in most libraries. Best for a family bedtime story and an additional purchase for libraries.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ
A baby sibling for a modern childhood classic. Fans of Emberley's beloved Go Away, Big Green Monster! (1993) may be understandably wary of this unlikely companion, but it's hard to resist this baby monster's toothy grin. In turning the die-cut pages, readers step by step create a Little Green Monster with little yellow eyes, "bluish-greenish" ears and nose, a red mouth with a single pointy fang, one curly purple strand of hair: in all, a "little green happy face." When the first star of the night appears, readers say goodnight to each element of the face so that, by the end, all that's left are the stars and a wish for sweet dreams. Even in this gentle, diminutive version, the feeling of empowerment children attained in the original by sending the monster away remains. By making this companion both a bedtime book and a features-recognition game, Emberley creates a title that will work well with a very young audience. Does the original monster need tweaking? Maybe not, but it's nice to see him have a little companionship. (Picture book. 2-6)
Ed Emberley is the illustrator and author of over 80 books, including the bestselling Go Away, Big Green Monster! and his enormously popular "Drawing Book" series. He has received many awards and accolades, including a Caldecott Honor in 1967 for One Wide River to Cross and a Caldecott Medal in 1968 for Drummer Hoff. Ed Emberley lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his wife, Barbara. You can visit him online at www.edemberley.com.