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What the story lacks in originality, Hoppe ("Hat," "Metal Man") makes up for with empathy and likability. There's a reason boys enjoy confronting big hairy monsters over and over again. " - The New York Times
"Readers looking for bedtime stories or tales involving sharing, bravery, or overcoming fear of the dark will be pleased with this endearing tale." - School Library Journal
The night light is on and the bedtime story firmly in the young narrator's grasp, but stuffed bunny is nowhere to be found! There's only one thing to do: He has to go into the woods, which are conveniently right next to his bedroom.
With a toy sword and a wastebasket serving as a helmet, he marches (in his pajamas) boldly ahead, right into the path of "a big, scary brown bear!" Luckily, the bear is scared of the dark too, so the boy shares his night light. The duo sets off into the deeper woods, where they meet two scary giants. These guys in green are just bored, so the boy shares his bedtime story with them. Off this quartet ventures, and comes upon a pink three-headed, fire-breathing dragon... And so on. The procession comes to a big scary dark cave and, holding hands, summon the courage to enter. Inside is a big, hairy, scary monster—holding a tiny red bunny! Mystery solved; the boy invites everyone back to his room, where a final illustration shows him smiling and clutching stuffed versions of all his banished fears. The refrain—"we weren't afraid at all. Until..."—sets a comfortable pattern, and the fuzzy watercolors on thick creamy stock enhance the coziness of the tale.
Hoppe's delightfully quirky monsters enhance this pleasant tonic for bedtime fears. (Picture book. 3-6)
Posted August 21, 2012
The illustrations do not match the associated text - the illustrations are one page ahead of the referring text, ruining the 'surprise' nature of the story.
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Posted November 7, 2013
Woke with a startle and yawned, stretching. She shook her pelt of snowflakes and began to make her way back to camp, trying to not cry.
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Posted August 11, 2013
Posted November 15, 2012
This book is awesome - one of my three year-old's favorites. I have no idea what the one-star reviewer is talking about, unless s/he received a misprinted book.. The illustrations are fantastic. It's the right degree of spooky for a young child. It taught my kid to count to three :). Each page ends with "until..." at which point your child can guess/remember what spookiness comes next. Great book! (I only came to this page to see what other books Hoppe has written...)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.