Monday, September 26, 2011

Monsters ! ! !
Review: Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen is a Monster themed lullaby for little book-loving monsters. Yolen is also the author of the very popular series of books “How Do Dinosars _______?” We chose this book at our library because of the fun and cute cover showing 2 monsters playing ‘peek-a-boo’. The book is an oversized hardcover with shiny and colorful pages. The illustrations are somewhat muted, with dark backgrounds, adding to the eerie effect. There are plenty of scenes showing various monsters doing kid and family things, such as going to school, swinging on swings, eating dinner, and taking a bath. The monsters are drawn with soft fluid lines, lots of eyeballs, and smiling mouths (sometimes full of sharp, but not scary, teeth).

Each 2 page spread has only 2 simple lines, like this one: Monsters run, Monsters stumble. Followed by the next 2 page spread Monsters hip-hop, Monsters Tumble. The story takes you on a day with the monsters from beginning to end, ending with the monsters getting into bed and making some monster noises: gurgle, burp, and snarf. The last page showing the lil monsters finally asleep.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters could have had a better name, it's such a cute book, and I am not sure I want to read something too creepy to my 2 year old! I think the illustrations are cute and they kind of remind of Ugly Dolls, which are just adorable. If little ones like monsters and think they are cute, this is a great book. I also think the use of monster sounds was fun. Because there were only a few words on each page with a very simple story, this book would be best for children ages 6 and under. I do wonder why the board book format wasn’t chosen. Enjoy this book, making monsters sounds, and watching the fun scenes with monsters.

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