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Author: Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Capstone, Capstone Young Readers
Published: August 1st, 2015
A beautifully illustrated picture book telling the story of Avery who doesn’t want to go to bed on Hallowe’en because she fears there are monsters about. Her Mum reassures her telling her where all those monsters will be sleeping and so Avery is able to say goodnight to them all and go to sleep.
This story is told through a variety of images, text and speech bubbles and certainly makes the monsters seem much less frightening! Aimed at children aged 3 to 7 years old, the images will also help them relate to the message that monsters aren’t so bad, after all.
Teachers could use this story to help reassure pupils, to prompt discussions and stimulate creativity as children could design the beds, bedrooms or homes for all the monsters cited – or create their own! I would also consider getting pupils to write their own version of this story but entitled ‘Even Humans say Goodnight’, thinking of ways to help monster children get to sleep when they are afraid of humans. A fun story and lots of ways it could be shared and used in schools.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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