Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.
You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
Goodnight, Little Monster reminds me a lot of the Where’s Boo? books. They both have a similar rhythm,
“What’s made the piglets say squeak, squeak, squeak? Five little monsters Playing hide-and-seek.”
“Boo is busy on the farm today. He’s looking for the cows to feed them bales of hay.”
they both have a counting theme (Where’s Boo? counts up, Goodnight Little Monster counts down), the both have similar bright and simple pictures, they’re both lift the flap books, and they both have simple stories which are easy for the children to join in with. The children do seem to prefer Boo, but Goodnight, Little Monster has been rising in popularity recently.
Goodnight, Little Monster follows a group of children around the farm until it is bedtime, then it follows the children as they get ready for bed.
“What made the owl go hoot, hoot, hoot? This Little Monster playing toot, toot, toot”
Once the children are in bed it sends your own little monster (the naughtiest monster of all!) to bed too.
“Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who is the naughtiest monster of all?”
The last page shows a mirror where the child can look at themselves (always a popular thing in a book I’ve found) and tells them they should be fast asleep.
Whether or not it works as a bedtime book I wouldn’t know, but the story does gently wind down and I can imagine a child snuggling into bed.
Unfortunately I can’t find it for sale completely new anywhere but you can buy it new or used from Amazon sellers.
Buy Goodnight, Little Monster:
Paperback (from £0.01, used only)
Hardback (from £10.98 new, or from £0.20 used)