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*Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters* by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Ages 3+ 32 pages Candlewick July 2011 Hardcover    

Welcome to a world of adorable monsters, where we follow two monster children home from school and watch them in their bedtime routine before they slowly fall asleep.

Author Jane Yolen’s ironic title gives children a new perspective on monsters. These monsters are more cute than creepy. The beautiful double-page illustrations in muted and dreamy colors depict monster children with lives and routines very similar to human children—playing on the way home from school, eating dinner, cleaning up, and getting ready for bed.

Once in bed, the monsters struggle to stay awake until finally sleep wins the battle. The images are also filled with ingenious details in the monster world—from a worm-filled sandwich dinner to hints of a monster lurking under the monster’s bed.

The illustrations and text complement one another effectively to slow down the pace of the book as the story progresses. In the beginning, the illustrations show a wide-angle street scene of monster children walking home and playing. The accompanying text is filled with busy verbs.

As the children get ready for bed, the illustrations become tighter, cropped to show just the two monsters and their faces. The text depicts less chaos and activity, and single-word texts are on the pages as the little monsters start falling asleep.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters is a sweet, perfect bedtime read to entertain and soothe children, leaving them with dreams of sweet and happy monsters. Five stars.

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