"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."
"Ruth Ohi's delightful artwork brings Sharon Jennings' charming story to life."
The Record (Kitchener)
Author Jennings has written a charming picture book about a boy and his father going through a bedtime ritual with an unusual twistthe 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
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.