Sir Stan the Bogeyman Paperback – August 6, 2013
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- Grade level : 2 - 3
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Paperback : 33 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1491059583
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491059586
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.08 x 11 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2013)
- Reading level : 7 - 9 years
- Language: : English
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Sir Stan the Bogeyman is desperate to tell his own story. Under normal circumstances, few wish to listen to him. Upon first sight, children either hide under the covers or run away. But, one little girl, kindly and willingly, sits still long enough to hear what he has to say. And, by having overcome her fear and doing this, she helps the bogeyman to redeem himself for past misdeeds.
Ms Morrell has written a beautiful, enveloping short story, told in rhyme, which keeps the reader entranced to the end. The rhyming is mostly excellent, though, I did think it faltered just a tad in places. This did not, however, detract from my enjoyment of this enchanting little book.
The story is well told and the exceptional illustrations, by Elizabeth Berg, are a joy. The moral is worthy: take the time to listen to others; open your mind and give them a chance, and your fears of the unknown may well be alleviated. There is a lesson in the possible consequences of good and bad behaviour subtly woven in, too.
All-in-all this is an original and fun read, which I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.
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LONG STORY SHORT
A child is trying to sleep. Whilst engaged in this endeavor, a shadow creeps out and begins to weave a sad tale of woe and heartache. That shadow is non other than the Bogeyman himself. There is a reason behind his scary history, and in this child he finds a listening ear. Morrell has here painted a beautiful story speaking to the power of listening to the "scary other's" story, of random acts of kindness, and overcoming fear. This is a beautiful story, one that I look forward to reading to my child.
As this is a children's book, I shall also comment on the artwork - it is beautiful! Now, this is coming out of a personal bias towards appreciating anything that has a hand-drawn air to it (too many things are created on computers), but I loved the art. Colorful, bright, engaging.
In short, I rate this book a 4 out of 5!!
I've read hundreds of children's books, first as a child who was told by her school's librarian that they didn't "have any more books that you haven't read!" and now as mother to a ManCub who constantly hands Momma and Daddy books to read. This may be one of five books that have ever dared to peer into the history of a scary figure, to figure out the why behind the what.
Every scary figure has a story. Everything has a history.
Even the Bogeyman.
Every day I remind people that they "don't know the story" of the person who just cut them off in traffic, or hollered at them in the grocery line, or or or [insert nasty behavior here]. Perhaps they've had a bad day. Maybe they just got news their father died and unexpressed grief is coming out in nasty behavior. Maybe their parents were less than ideal and they truly don't know another way of being. We simply don't generally know. (Example: people give me goofy looks in restaurants when I make a fuss to my husband about which side of the table/booth my butt lands on...I have to be on the side that feels right...if only those casting goofy looks knew the story behind why).
Generations of children have feared the Bogeyman. He'll come out of the closet and grab them, stealing them away from loving parents to some unknown fate. He'll scare them to death. He'll....whatever. : ) We fear that which we do not know, but what if we take the time to get to know something?
This is the question that Morrell explores with children in this book. What happens when you actually take the time to get to know something? A child is confronted by the object of centuries of fear. The child is, of course, fearful. Yet that child sits and listens to the Bogeyman's story. How did he become the Bogeyman? What the child finds out might just surprise you.
I really enjoyed this book, truly. Looking at it through the eyes of a mother critiquing literature that may be presented to her child (...and suddenly the Kix commercials where Mom's reaction is described separately from child's reaction are running through my head...kid tested, mother approved), I love the moral of the story. Listen. There is so much power in just listening to the story of the unknown other. I love the pictures - they are bright and engaging enough for young and old eyes alike. I love the overall feel of the book. Way to go!
Looking at the book through the eyes of one who used-to-be-a-child-is-trained-in-early-childhood-development-etc, it rhymes...at least mostly. =) There is the exact right amount of text per page/picture. It is fun to look at and to read.
Looking at the book through the eyes of a human who is constantly encouraging others to listen - I adore this work!
The Bugly (bad/ugly)
Just because this is a wonderful children's book did not mean it escaped my nitpicky brain.
First, this book is written in a poem format. This is not a bugly! What is a bugly about this is that the meter skips in a few places and made me halt while reading. Although, the literary critique person within myself wants to put this entire work into a Word document and examine the meter hiccups to determine if they contain some deeper meaning.
Second, the witch looks like someone from Snow White.
Third, I don't like the "mistake" that doomed the Bogeyman to his fate. In the grand scheme of things, it was rather minor. Adult over-reaction much?! It worries me that this plays into a "children must be perfect or the world will fall out of its typical axial rotation and the dinosaurs will rule the earth and toys will come alive and all will be doom". Kids can make mistakes, it is okay. I just wish the "mistake" here had been something a little bigger to justify the outcome. I am always telling parents to expect a "good try" from their children, not perfection (I work in mental health and ministry with kids and their families).
Fourth, though the text to picture ratio is expertly handled, sometimes that text hides within the picture a little too much. Dark text sits atop a dark color, making it hard to see in some cases. Also, the text could be bigger, considering the little eyes which are its intended audience.
That all being said, this is a a wonderful book that I have every intention of reading to ManCub when he is older. The moral importance of the story outweighs my quibbles with style, leading to a wonderful score. Love this book!!
The story is brilliant with great educational undertones on behavior and consequences. The characters have depth of emotion often not achieved in a short tale.
There is an old school elegance, a fun wit while exploring what all children fear and converting the Bogey Man into an endearing friend.
I would recommend this book to every parent of young kids. I can also imagine that this book will achieve great success. A thumbs up to both author and Illustrator.
Sir Stan the Bogeyman has many layers - remember Shrek? Stan goes from riches to rags and then to a different kind of rich. He learns that there are consequences for the wrong choices and inappropriate behaviors of a child, himself. Stan takes on the appearance of an old, crotchety scary dark man whom people fear and shun. The little girl feared, initially, but then decided to listen and open her heart, to show compassion. Rather than merely trying to 'judge a book by its cover', she opened the 'book' and found the story behind the rough, worn cover. In the end, she learned that one person can make a difference by not being afraid, by being "brave heart."
Thus, the many layers have been peeled away.
Your book could be so helpful and influential to children (and adults) and was a feast to my poetic and artistic palates. Thank you for sharing both of your arts. Good Luck and God's Speed :)
Gary Neil Gupton