“A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 2005”
It’s bedtime. This little boy is ready to climb the stairs and say goodnight. But Father isn’t ready at all. He’s afraid of monsters; he
doesn’t want to be left alone downstairs.
This brave lad knows how to handle father. He’ll patiently lead his parent through the bedtime routine. Naturally the boy won’t mind looking in the closet, behind the drapes and everywhere in between if it will make his
anxious father feel better. The boy will cheerfully hop into bed for a bedtime story. And he’ll say, after a final hug, “I’ll hear you if you need me in the night.” Father should feel much better now. But what’s going to happen when he has to go downstairs alone?
Maybe there are monsters in the house after all. But can you guess what they are “really” after? A reassuring story for confident children and timid parents everywhere.
This delightful twist on a common fear will have young ones chortling as they recognize some of the best techniques for stalling parents at bedtime. Popular author Sharon Jennings gives the boy the parental role as she
gently pokes fun at the child-like dad. And illustrator Ruth Ohi creates a monster duo far more interested in having fun and stealing cookies than scaring anyone. The team responsible for the Blue Spruce Award-winner, “The Bye-Bye
Pie,” has created a warm and cozy story that will fill youngsters with confidence night after night.