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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters Paperback – July 5, 2012

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About the Author

Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including the medal-winning Owl Moon and the best-selling How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also the editor of three collections of poems for children, Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems; Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry; and This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games and Pantomime Rhymes. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland. Kelly Murphy lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406338400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406338409
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,563,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK Mom on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is very cute. My son lives it, but it does not have many words. I would suggest it for a toddler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on November 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters is the story of monsters going home from school, eating their supper, taking a bath, even saying their prayers, and then getting into bed. All seems normal but kooky, too.

"Monsters slither,
Monsters wave,
All in a hurry
To get to their cave..."

Monsters and bedtime are always great subjects for children's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Lodal on November 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My daughter adores this book. The story uses words she can repeat easily and with only a few words per picture it moves fast enough to keep her attention. She also likes to repeat the sounds at the end of the book like growl and gurgle. She has been yelling "Monsters" over and over again demanding another read.
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With a beginning like "Monsters creep, monsters crawl ... " you might think this is leading up to be a fairly scary story. Actually, this is a monster lullaby that is on far friendlier terms. Not a bit scary, but cute and funny and full of sweet little monsters. Find out what life is like in their world and you might be surprised to find out a typical day there isn't too much different from a human's. Except for the horns and all those extra eyeballs.

The creeping and crawling is really monsters erupting from the doors of Cree P. Elementary School after a long day of monster learning. Thrilled to be out for the day, they pour into the local park, swooping down the slide and careening from swings. As darkness falls, the little monsters are greeted by their parents at the doors to their caves, eagerly sliding in and flinging backpacks to the floor.

Burgers (maybe a bit more slimy than ours) and a green salad are gobbled up, and then into the tub to get scrubbed from horn to toe. After plenty of hopping about on the mattresses and requests for "one last drink of water," they are tucked snug in their beds.

I like the disparity between the written words and the illustrations. If you were to take the words at face value, this would be a different story altogether. It is the illustrations that add the humor. The monsters vary greatly in appearance - some striped, some furry, a few with wings and most with horns. It is a rainbow of bodies that seem to have only the one shared characteristic - great big, googly eyes.

I love that their world is so similar to ours, but with tiny details tucked here and there that are purely monster. Worms poke from their salad and eyeballs peer out from the stew pot. All their stuffed animals and backpacks resemble tiny monsters and some of the furniture practically looks alive. It's the best of both worlds!
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Jane Yolen has created a perfect little bedtime read that is sure to charm tiny monster lovers. It follows a group of monsters that are far more cute than they are scary as they travel to school, back home for supper, bath, and bed time. There's not much text at all, as each spread features a rhyming couplet which then decreases down to a single word as the monsters fight against going to sleep. "Snarl", "Snarf", and "Burp" finally give way to "ZZZZZ" when all the monsters finally lay down their many eyed, horned heads.

The book has a very nice read aloud flow, and when combined with the charming illustrations, this has all the marks of a family classic that is sure to garner lots of requests for repeats. The variety of monsters will provide lots to look at, as well as small details such as the octopus peeking out of the mouse hole, and the worms peeking out of the monster dinners. This is an excellent choice for toddler story times with a bed time theme, or for any child's personal collection. It is a charming way to help your child review his day before going to bed and to share a laugh at these little horned cuties. Recommended.
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Monsters can be scary, but the title characters in "Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters" are anything but scary. In fact, they're so much like children, they might surprise you.

Monsters creep, monsters crawl. They also run, stumble hip-hop and tumble. As they make their way home from school, they slither and wave and play with their friends until they reach home -- err, I mean cave.

Monsters grab a bite to eat, though the worms might be a bit much, and take a bubbly bath before monster prayers and bedtime. There will be tossing and turning and bouncing and gurgling and burping and snarling and, if your lucky, some sleeping, too.

What a smart move by author Jane Yolen and illustrator Kelly Murphey to turn children into little monsters. Reminiscent of the friendly looking monsters in Pixar's "Monsters Inc.," the illustrations here are not at all scary. Instead, they are full of energy and creativity that pairs perfectly with Yolen's rhythmic lullaby.
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Jane Yolen is beloved author of children's books, and while her "Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters", a lullaby, playfully describes monsters day-into-night with delicious sounds, Kelly Murphy cleverly conveys the mood of the day parts, through tone and color in engaging double spread compositions. The pages slither from warm to dark, through all the eager little monsters' activities. The attitude of these critters is so childlike and lovable, that you might want to gobble one up in your dreams. (I adore the monster being pulled by it's tail into the tub by the 4-eyed parent.)
I first noticed Kelly Murphy's talent in her 2002 book, "The Boll Weevil Ball", which she wrote and illustrated.
I was taken immediately by her design sense, interesting palette, and charming story. She uses darks so effectively in her paintings.
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