By Max Pepper Neale (3 years & nearly 5 months old).
Q: What is the book about?
A: It’s called ‘Bedtime for Monsters’. They’re blowing fire with a fiery breath and there are dinosaurs and they have spikes and claws.
Q: How did this book make you feel?
A: Good. It was a really, really big book and it was really, really, really scary.
Q: What was your favourite part?
A: I liked all of it. This part. The imagining (thought bubbles). He’s not imagining eating me. He’s imagining eating the little boy.
Q: Which character did you like the best?
A: The monster because he was nice and he was not sometimes but he was.
Q: What do you think about the pictures?
A: All the pictures were great.
Q: What did you learn from the book?
A: I learned monsters like imagining how to eat you!
Q: Would you recommend this book to others?
A: Nonno and big boys and girls because it’s scary.
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A Note From My Mum:
I imagine most parents have been through the “There’s a monster in my bedroom!” phase with their children. After many of these panicked moments we naturally started to avoid all literature related to, referring to, or even hinting at monsters.
It wasn’t until our weekly adventure to the library and a story time showcasing not one but four monster stories that I realised we should be embracing monsters. Or at the very least, reading and learning more about them. As with most scary topics, it’s the unknown which causes the fear. The books read at story time presented monsters in a fun and interesting manner. They managed to demystify monsters and opened up an intriguing dialogue among the children.
We borrowed ‘Bedtime for Monsters’ by Ed Vere that same day. We then promptly forgot about it for several days. After a particularly long afternoon I searched through our collection looking for something new and different to read. I opened ‘Bedtime for Monsters’ and began reading while simultaneously holding my metaphorical breath.
I immediately felt I’d made a mistake but thought it best to continue as I didn’t want to show panic or any hint of uncertainty so as not to scar my child for life. I was delightfully surprised, as page after page I started to giggle and so did Max.
‘Bedtime for Monsters’ is a beautiful, hilarious, and heartwarming story about a gorgeous monster who travels far and wide imagining meeting the reader. Does he want to gobble you up? Has he remembered his knife and fork? Or is he after something or someone else entirely? You’ll need to read it to find out.