From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-It's bedtime, and Ben does not want to sleep alone. His mother suggests toys that he might take with him to bed, including Teddy, Minnie the cuddly stuffed cat, Bingo the dog, the colorful clown, and Davy doll. However, none of them satisfy him. When he says which toy he does want, his mother is shocked, but Ben has an explanation: the devilish creature is "very terrible-and strong and mean." Weninger's spare text and Marks's vivid, full-page illustrations perfectly depict bedtime rituals. Children will identify with the boy's logic that a scary toy will keep him safe from ghosts and monsters.Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL
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PreS.-Gr. 2. Using warm, family-friendly colors and expressive line, Marks beautifully portrays Ben's lack of desire for bedtime. There's Ben tromping up the stairs, holding his mother's hand, his turned-down mouth and slumped posture the very picture of reluctance. Ben's room, a child's fantasy with toys scattered everywhere and moonlight streaming in through starry curtains, doesn't comfort him, and neither does mother's offer of various toys to sleep with. Ben doesn't want Teddy, or clown, or even their dog. What he does want is his furriest, scariest, spikiest stuffie, one that resembles a Wild Thing. And why? "He will scare away the ghosts and monsters and keep me safe": a marvelously honest response to bedtime fears. This translation from the German will comfort and delight. GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved