This week’s choice is a book my kids love and both the author and the illustrator are participants in the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge.

Written by Heather Ayris Burnell, Illustrated by Bonnie Adamson
Raven Tree Press, September, 2010
Suitable for:  Ages 4-8
Themes/Topics:  Bedtime, Family, Humor
Opening and brief synopsis: From Booklist: “There are many books about scary monsters, but in this lively picture book, a toddler actually becomes the scary monster when he has a temper tantrum. Kids will recognize how he enjoys toppling skyscrapers and crashing cars on his bedroom floor and then refuses to go to bed. He snuffles and screeches, grunts and twitches. And the line-and-colored-pencil pictures show all the transformations as the boy’s hair grows, a tail sprouts, and sharp claws jab from his fingertips.”
Activities: There are downloadable activity sheets on the Raven Tree Press website that include a craft, song idea, game, snack, and coloring sheet. You can find them at the Bedtime Monster Page.
Why I Like This Book: This book has equal appeal to both kids (who are the monsters) and the parents (who have to corral the monsters into bed).  We don’t have the bilingual version, but I’m sure that would make the story even more fun and educational to read.  My son asks for this book at least once a week.  Hmm… I wonder if he recognizes himself in little Paul? 🙂

For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books!

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  1. I was just looking at this on Heather’s website yesterday. So glad to have some 12x12ers on the list! Love that it’s bilingual…I’d definitely get that version. Thanks, Julie!

  2. I am sure many kids will see themselves in this bedtime story. I remember when my parents were out and I had to put my lidttle brother to bed, how he was the cutiest during the day but when it came to bedtime…. boy he could sometimes turn into a little Great choice Julie, thanks so much for sharing.

  3. That sounds perfect to get kids to stop being scared of monsters. 🙂

  4. I love the fact that they are both 12X12’ers! Will have to look for this book.

    I am very grateful that mine are too old for the bedtime monster stage now – it is no fun!

  5. Great post! It’s a book that I will have to check out to read also! Thank you for reviewing it!

  6. Excellent choice! If you’re interested in reading an interview with Heather, check out the High Five tab on my blog.

  7. LOVE that this is written and illustrated by 12x12ers! YAY! I want to se those transformation pictures!

    @Christie, thanks for the interview tip!

  8. Great cover illustration! We have had monster problems in the past (not my kids, the ones that hide in the room preventing my kids from going to bed) and we have had to make up magic spells to keep those monsters out! I love that it’s written and illustrated by a couple of people in the 12×12 crew.

  9. Love the title. This looks like my kids’ kind of book. Thanks for sharing it Julie.

  10. Luckily, I don’t have a Bedtime Monster. I think I have a Bedtime Sloth. My son moves so darn slow when it comes to bedtime! It really frustrates me — oh, no! — maybe I am the Bedtime Monster!

  11. I have THREE bedtime monsters!!! EEEEEKK!!! And it does get a little scary at times! 🙂

    I love that there is a bilingual version. My son is in a Dual Language program here in Texas–so bilingual titles are books we read frequently.

  12. Like the different take to bedtime monsters. Very clever. Must be a fun book with a lot of action if Paul likes it so much. So nice that you chose to review a book from someone in the 12×12 campaign. Now we all know a little more about Heather.

  13. I always loved that monster, Julie. 😉 Makes for a great analogy… Even as adults we’re drawn to and excited by “monsters” (one reason we love thrillers, mysteries, etc.). Of course, we prefer they stay on the page or screen.

    Sounds like a fun read worth recommending. Have a great weekend!

  14. Um, “I’ve always loved” that is… 🙂

  15. Sorry to be so late getting here – computer problems!!! – but I love this book and am a big fan of Heather’s! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Great choice! I love the cover!!!!!!! I was always scared of monsters. Still am! I neeeed this book, myself. (((hugs)))

  17. This sounds like such a cute book, I am sure my kids would love it. I will give the name of it to our librarian to get!

  18. i never feared monsters as a kid (unless you count vampires), but I sort of fear my kiddo turning into a bedtime monster. I’ll have to check this out for our joint amusement and parental research.

  19. that is a different take to bedtime monster books. I bet kids do love it.

  20. Thank you Julie for the nice review and thank you all for the kind comments! I had to laugh, Eric, about your son being a bedtime sloth! I think you will definitely relate to the last page yourself when dad’s secret is revealed. Well, I bet you can all guess how I came up with the story. So glad my youngest is out of his bedtime monster stage!

  21. This book seems like a really funny book! I don’t turn into a monster at bedtime, I just get sleepy… 😉

  22. Adding my thanks to Heather’s, Julie–this was a really fun book to illustrate, as you can imagine. 😀

    Am so proud to have made the PPBF list!

  23. I. Love. Monster. Books.
    nuff said.

  24. Very cute book idea! I’ll have to look for it. Thanks for sharing a 12×12’ers book.

  25. What a cool idea to make the book bilingual! I’m sure a lot of authors are doing this, but when my kids were young, I don’t recall any books being in both English and Spanish.

    • Bilingual picture books are something Raven Tree Press does. That’s one of the reasons they look for a low word count on picture book manuscripts. It’s not until recently that they went with straight English only. It’s fun having two versions!

  26. How awesome to have the author and the illustrator as part of the 12x12x in 2012 challenge! I think by class will love this book…It’s on the book list. Thanks for sharing.

  27. How fun. I especially love the extras on the website. Great choice!

  28. What a cool book! This toddler reminds me of Disney’s Stitch from Lilo and Stitch 🙂 I love that there is a bilingual version of the book. Thank you for this great review!

  29. This sounds like a great book! I love the fact that 12x12ers created it, how cool! Thanks for sharing.

  30. That is so cool that this is a book by two 12×12’ers! Awesome! And the book sounds like a lot of fun. Great choice, Julie. Have a great weekend!

  31. Great book, Julie! I will have to recommend it to my daughter whose little “monster” is dear and sweet and lovable…but doesn’t always want to go to bed. 🙂 Love that both author and illustrator are participants in 12 x 12!

  32. sounds like a fun read and thanks for recommending Susan’s page.

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