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No Monsters Here
     

No Monsters Here

by Sharon Jennings, Ruth Ohi (Illustrator)
 

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2005

It's bedtime. This little boy is ready to climb the stairs and say goodnight. But Father isn't ready at all. He's afraid of monsters; he doesn't want to be left alone downstairs.

This brave lad knows how to handle father. He'll patiently lead his parent through the bedtime routine. Naturally the

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A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2005

It's bedtime. This little boy is ready to climb the stairs and say goodnight. But Father isn't ready at all. He's afraid of monsters; he doesn't want to be left alone downstairs.

This brave lad knows how to handle father. He'll patiently lead his parent through the bedtime routine. Naturally the boy won't mind looking in the closet, behind the drapes and everywhere in between if it will make his anxious father feel better. The boy will cheerfully hop into bed for a bedtime story. And he'll say, after a final hug, "I'll hear you if you need me in the night." Father should feel much better now. But what's going to happen when he has to go downstairs alone?

Maybe there are monsters in the house after all. But can you guess what they are really after? A reassuring story for confident children and timid parents everywhere.

This delightful twist on a common fear will have young ones chortling as they recognize some of the best techniques for stalling parents at bedtime. Popular author Sharon Jennings gives the boy the parental role as she gently pokes fun at the child-like dad. And illustrator Ruth Ohi creates a monster duo far more interested in having fun and stealing cookies than scaring anyone. The team responsible for the Blue Spruce Award-winner, The Bye-Bye
Pie
, has created a warm and cozy story that will fill youngsters with confidence night after night.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Author 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
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A small boy describes the unusual bedtime routine at his house. Every night when the child decides it's time to go to bed, his monster-fearing father, who doesn't want to be left alone, tries to coax him into staying up. Even offers of more cookies and another story don't deter the youngster from his desired rest. After checking under the bed, in the closet, and behind the curtains for the dreaded beasts, the boy assures the man that they just aren't there. Readers, however, can see a giggling creature and its child gleefully hiding just out of sight. Lying in the dark after his dad has finally gone downstairs, the boy yields to the temptation of snuggling with him and enjoying one last cookie and story together. Sitting behind them on a stack of clean laundry, the two monsters are also listening and snacking. Soft pastel watercolors show a woebegone-looking adult and his fearless, cape-wearing offspring. The green and yellow monsters sport shaggy tails, wings, large ears, and unicorn horns but are cuddly rather than scary. This bedtime story with a twist will satisfy children who enjoy seeing the little one being the comforter.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"The green-and-yellow monsters sport shaggy tails, wings, large ears, and unicorn horns but are cuddly rather than scary. This bedtime story with a twist will satisfy children who enjoy seeing the little one being the comforter."

-- School Library Journal

"The talented author and illustrator team of Jennings and Ohi have created another winner for the younger set. . . Soft watercolours perfectly match the tone of this bedtime story. Ohi is particularly adept at capturing the delightful facial expressions and timid body language of the father. Just as engaging, are the winning pictures of the son looking in drawers, the chaos of a young child's room and the father clutching his blanket! Charming green and yellow monsters play a decorative role in most of the illustrations and are gleefully portrayed with cookies, in a variety of poses on the end papers."

Highly Recommended

-- CM Magazine

"Ruth Ohi's delightful artwork brings Sharon Jennings' charming story to life."

-- The Record (Kitchener)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550417876
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
06/11/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sharon Jennings is the author of The Bye-Bye Pie, Sleep Tight Mrs. Ming, When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming and Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming. Sharon has also written for the popular series of Franklin books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario

Ruth Ohi is a prolific illustrator of over 40 picture books and novels including And You Be The Cat, The Prince of Tarn and The Bye-Bye Pie. Ohi has written several of her own, including Pants Off First. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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