Monsters Go Night-Night – Aaron Zenz

 Monsters Go Night-Night – Aaron Zenz, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419732010, 2018

Format Paperback

Rating 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? In this story, a monster is doing all the normal things to get ready for bed — having a snack, taking a bath, putting on pajamas, finding something to snuggle with, and giving out goodnight hugs and kisses.  The only thing is that monsters choose very different bedtime items than humans. For example, an umbrella is a bedtime snack, chocolate pudding is used for a bath, pajamas are toilet paper, they clean their teeth with an octopus, and a tuba is the preferred snuggle item.  I could see kids laughing at each choice the monster makes because they are so outrageous. The illustrations are colorful and full of expression and this will appeal to younger audiences.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not really, except that it was a little on the short side.  I assume this would be used as a bedtime reading book and I generally prefer those to be a little longer so the child can get a little more absorbed in the story.  A monster mask is included with the book which would be fun, but not necessarily during bedtime reading.

To whom would you recommend this book? I would suggest this for children under three years old but I could see four-year olds laughing at the monster’s choices.

Who should buy it? Public libraries, preschools, daycares, nursery schools.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” pile? No

Reviewer:  Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

Date of Review:  November 5, 2018


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