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Children's LiteratureAuthor Jennings has written a charming picture book about a boy and his father going through a bedtime ritual with an unusual twist—the father is afraid of monsters and the child reassures him that everything is all right. The story is told in first person by the boy, who tells the reader that his father does not want to go to bed because he is afraid of monsters. The boy then takes his father by the hand and tells him he wants to go to bed because he is tired. But first, they have cookies and then walk up the stairs. The boy opens the door, turns on the light, and tells his dad to come into the room. Dad then asks his son to look under the bed and in the closet, behind the curtains and under the covers for monsters. Then Dad hops into bed, pretending to be scared, and they read a story together. There is a kiss goodnight and the boy reassures his dad that he will hear him if he needs him during the night. But when the boy is alone in bed, he realizes his dad is alone, too, and he is afraid of monsters, so he goes downstairs and asks his dad if he can have one more cookie and read one more story. And that is just what they do. Jennings has told a very effective story of a clever father and a son who feels he is helping his father get over his fear of sleeping alone at night while monsters lurk about. Illustrator Ohi has used warm, rich colors of red, yellow, green, purple, and blue, depicting the bedtime rituals many children go through each night. Parents and children will enjoy this bedtime book. 2004, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 3 to 6.
—Della A. Yannuzzi