The Patterson Puppies and the Midnight Monster Party

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Petra is afraid of the monster that comes out in the dark. Luckily her very supportive — and very spirited — siblings find a way to turn fear into fun!

Every night, in the middle of the night, Petra wakes up. She’s afraid of the dark. She’s afraid of the noises. But most of all, she afraid of the monster. Her brothers and sister always sleep all night long, and Mama and Papa tell Petra she’ll be just fine. But Petra is still scared, so Andy, Penelope, and Zack decide to help her...

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Petra is afraid of the monster that comes out in the dark. Luckily her very supportive — and very spirited — siblings find a way to turn fear into fun!

Every night, in the middle of the night, Petra wakes up. She’s afraid of the dark. She’s afraid of the noises. But most of all, she afraid of the monster. Her brothers and sister always sleep all night long, and Mama and Papa tell Petra she’ll be just fine. But Petra is still scared, so Andy, Penelope, and Zack decide to help her out. Will a T. rex scare the monster away? A magic wand? Sixteen favorite stuffed animals? What could possibly placate a hungry monster in the middle of the night?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even though her puppy siblings sleep through the night, Petra is too afraid of the monster she hears scratching on the roof--and not even 16 stuffed animals can help. Her siblings suggest they bake cookies for the monster, so he won’t eat them. When the four-armed, purple-horned monster shows, Petra’s surprised to find it’s as scared as they are (and even carries 16 stuffed animals, too). In this companion to The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day, Patricelli expertly handles a common fear with equally recognizable family dynamics and moments of gentle humor. Ages 2–5. (May)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
There is only one word that perfectly describes this book—delightful! Petra Patterson is fast asleep in her bunk bed when she wakes up terrified. It is quite dark. And there is a monster in the room! She saw its shadow! She heard it scratching on the roof! The other puppies—Andy, Penelope, and Zack—sleep all through the night, but Petra is so frightened that she wakes Mama and Papa. Papa carries her back to bed and tucks her in, but she is still frightened. Now the other puppies are awake, and try to help her. Penelope's magic wand, Andy's T-Rex, and even Zack's "super strength" and special cape are not enough. Even "sixteen of her favorite stuffed animals" cannot chase away her fear. The monster is real, and Petra knows that "it wants to eat us all up." What can four puppies do? Andy has read (in a book) that monsters love cookies. Mama helps them bake some special cookies, and "they filled a big plate for the monster—and ate the rest, of course." They write a nice note for the monster, set the table with cookies and milk, and go upstairs to bed. That night when Petra wakes up, she wakes the others, and they all go downstairs to see what has happened to the cookies. But no one is there, and no one has eaten the cookies, so they decide to have a snack. When Petra hears something, "IT'S THE MONSTER!!" "Cover your eyes, so it can't see us" says Zack, but when Petra peeks, she sees that the monster is hiding—from THEM! When Petra persuades it to come out, it has sixteen stuffed animals (four under each arm), and is happy to try a cookie. Snack time turns into party time, dance time, and having-so-much-fun time, until Mama and Papa show up. They, of course, do not see the monster, but "marched the puppies straight back to bed. And this time, Petra went right to sleep." Highly recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Petra is afraid of the dark and convinced that a lurking monster will eat her and the rest of her family. While her parents placate her, her siblings devise a plan. They bake cookies, set the table, and leave a friendly note for any monster that might come by. What they discover that night is sufficient to soothe the puppy, and she can sleep. Readers can determine for themselves whether or not a monster was ever really in the house, but the end result is clear—Petra is no longer scared. While the support and assistance of her siblings cannot be undervalued, Petra herself takes the first brave step toward confronting her monster. Although her distress is clearly portrayed through the acrylic illustrations, the book is neither spooky nor scary. White space is replaced by black, with the colorful, pajama-clad puppies investigating darkened rooms and midnight corners against the inky backdrop. While the situation is specific to a fear of the dark, this book is suitable for children who need encouragement in the face of any fear.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Petra wakes up every night because she's afraid of the monster under her bed. Her three puppy siblings all sleep through the night with their protection. Andy has a T-Rex toy, Penelope has a magic wand and Zack has a super-strength cape; they are all safe, but even Petra's 16 favorite stuffed animals don't help her. When Petra admits she's afraid the monster will eat them, the puppies, with Mama's help, make cookies (everyone knows monsters love cookies) to divert it. At midnight the monster appears-and the cookies do the trick. This second in the series (The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day, 2009) puts a fresh touch on a familiar theme, and the animated acrylic illustrations capture nicely the expressions and reactions of the anthropomorphized puppies. The midnight-blue backdrops stage the tension just right for the white pooches, who are dressed in kids' clothes, while the large font and up-close scenes lend a preschooler-friendly immediacy. More puppies, please. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632434
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the author-illustrator of the first picture book about the Patterson Puppies as well as HIGHER! HIGHER!, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN Book Honor winner. She is also the creator of the best-selling board books starring her adorable bald baby, including YUMMY YUCKY, BIG LITTLE, QUIET LOUD, NO NO YES YES, and BABY HAPPY BABY SAD. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Love the Patterson Puppies! Adorable illustrations and cute stor

    Love the Patterson Puppies! Adorable illustrations and cute story. Real-world application: easing fear of monsters in the dark.

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