Halloween time is coming soon, and even the smallest kids like to feel that they can participate in all the monstery fun, so I am always looking for good read alouds that can give just the barest hint of the scary or gross without being...well...scary or gross. This book certainly fits the bill.
Goodnight, Little Monster depicts a child and mother monster as they go through their bedtime routine of bath, pajamas, stories and snacks. The charm in this one lies in moments such as when the mom reassures her little monster that no "scary children" are lurking under his bed, or makes him a snack of "worm juice and baked beetle bread." The rhymes here are all extremely well written and flow nicely. If I have one criticism, and it's a small one, it's that some of the rhymes are a little overly sweet for my taste. They do provide a nice counterpoint to the illustrations however, so maybe that's the whole point.
The illustrations in this book are outstanding. Make no mistake, this little monster is very cute! This is a solid storytime selection because of the nice read aloud flow, but will also work well for one on one sharing because of the richly detailed illustrations that will prompt lots of requests for re reads as kids will not want to miss all the bugs, spiders, bowls of eyeballs, and bats. A great choice for any monster fan, with an ending message that assures the little monster that "With Mama nearby, you'll be safe through the night." Great stuff.