Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters by Sophie Berger, illustrated by Ruan van Vliet. Cicada Books Ltd, 2021. 9781908714848
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Bartholomew has a hard time with mornings – finding his clothes, brushing his teeth, even pulling up his pants (readers see his butt crack!) It’s the fault of the monsters that were fun during the “wild rumpus” of nighttime, but who foil his getting ready for school in the morning. When dad steps in, the day is made right, although a little monster is shushing the reader from the recesses of Bartholomew’s backpack, and who knows what will happen at school!
This story adds needed humor for kids new to the rush of a morning routine. I love that it’s dad who helps out here, and he and Bartholomew are adorably plump and neckless versions of one another. There’s a reference to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which should be the next book any reader picks up if they haven’t already read it. The monsters are non scary and silly looking, and readers will enjoy pointing out the mischief they cause poor Bartholomew, from pee on the floor, to his lost hairbrush in the tentacle of a grinning eel-like monster with purple hair. The endpapers are a catalog of all the items Bartholomew cannot manage.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 3-6.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: September 14, 2021