From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—Louis, a quaintly drawn fox, moves to a new home and soon discovers a monster under his bed. He is quite prepared to be scared until he finds that the creature is both timid and lonely. He invites the hulking, one-eyed fuzz ball to snuggle under the covers and introduces him to the rest of the family the next morning. After breakfast, they venture to the playground, and Louis must give his green buddy a pep talk about making friends. Their plan to be brave and smile pays off when an affable goose introduces herself and asks them to play. Louis and his companion return home to find a finished bedroom with two beds awaiting them. Unfortunately, a jumping contest with a monster proves more than the ceiling can handle. This meandering story will reassure children who are experiencing a move or facing nighttime fears. Though Barbara Jean Hicks's Jitterbug Jam
(Farrar, 2005) tells the boy-meets-monster tale with more style, Taylor's gentle watercolors of smiling woodland creatures will appeal to a less sophisticated (and more easily frightened) audience. A supplemental purchase.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Scared and lonely when his family moves to a new house, little fox Louis finds a giant, green, one-eyed monster under the bed. The trembling creature turns out to be so frightened that he begs to climb under the covers in Louis’ bed, and the next day at the playground, Louis shows his nervous companion how to smile and make friends. Taylor’s warm, detailed line-and-watercolor pictures have fun with the usual scenario of a child’s nightmare. Slapstick scenes show what happens when the heavy monster plays on the seesaw or jumps so high on the bed that he bashes the ceiling. Always in the background are the scenes of moving house—the boxes waiting to be unpacked in the empty rooms; the first walk in the new neighborhood. The comic reversals work particularly well because the little child’s alter-ego monster companion really looks terrifying, even as he cowers and talks about his fears. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman