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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters Paperback – July 5, 2012
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All in a hurry
To get to their cave..."
Monsters and bedtime are always great subjects for children's books.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an absolutely sweet unique bedtime story! The text itself wasn't long and hard to read simple sentences per page with wonderful illustrations taking up the entire pages. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rosa Cline
This is a fantastic book that my students loved. I sang it to the tune of hush little baby and it worked well. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Power
My son really enjoys this book and it's simple words have allowed him to quickly memorize the first few pages.Published 18 months ago by Angela Murray
Purchased for my 4 year old son. Adorable illustrations and very cute story. The monsters resist their bath and sleeping and my son thinks that is hilarious. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by AZ mom
Full of adorable illustrations. Perfect Halloween gift for little kids. It is a favorite book, the grand children love it.Published on June 26, 2013 by az bear
2 year old loves to read this again and again. We found this at the library, and knew instantly that we were going to have to purchase a copy when the library book was returned.Published on June 17, 2013 by NebrRN
My little guys love having this story read to them. It is not scary for my 4 and 2 year olds. They love it.Published on March 28, 2013 by Judith Cooke
And his parents do too! This is currently our "going to bed book". We all have it memorized by now - the 2yr old loves to recite it with us as we read. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Jen