From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Under Jo-Jo's bed lurks a "tiny speck of a monster" with a "big empty feeling." This endearingly unscary creature discovers a taste for darkness and eats up even the dimmest corners of the room. Growing bigger with each feast, he devours the darkness in attics and chimneys before moving on to caves and volcanoes. When the creature stops his feeding frenzy, he realizes that his insatiable hunger has created a "lonely planet" with "no shadows and hardly any dreams." Jo-Jo, who is normally afraid of the dark, can't fall asleep in the endless daylight. As the compassionate monster cradles the little boy in his arms and soothes him with a lullaby, the evening shades return. Liao's digitally enhanced pen and watercolor illustrations humorously capture the mayhem caused by lack of darkness, such as owls falling out of treetops and bats hanging right side up. A clever twist on a perennial bedtime theme.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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About the Author
Joyce Dunbar is the author of many books for children, including TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I SLEEP, a bestseller, and SHOE BABY, illustrated by her daughter, Polly Dunbar. Joyce Dunbar lives in England.
Jimmy Liao is an award-winning Taiwanese illustrator who has generated a devoted following in his home country for his wonderfully original drawings. He has written and illustrated some twenty-seven books which have sold more than five million copies.