bedtime for monsters

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

Do you think that if monsters really exist that there might be a monster out there licking his lips and thinking about YOU?  And what if that monster is coming to find you?  Riding his bicycle through a dark forest on his way?  What if he is thinking about what you might taste like with ketchup as he wades through the gloopy swamp?  What if he thinks about you on toast while tiptoeing through thorns?  He’s getting closer and closer… you aren’t scared are you?  Are you?

Filled with great noises and ways to get little hearts pitter-patting, this book is an impressive read aloud.  Vere paces the book just like a traditional campfire tale, it’s the build up that makes the entire thing work along with the fact that this monster is headed for you! 

Vere’s silly artwork provides a lightening effect that will get kids giggling despite the tension of the story.  There are also softening hints throughout like the teddy bear, the bicycle with a bell, and even the pink toenails that make this monster more friendly than frightening.

Pair this one with A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown for some sinister stories that end well.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.