Simple dialogue and a clever twist make this an enjoyable book for bedtime.
With parallels to It’s Bedtime, William! someone is making excuses to put off going to bed. And so ensues a dialogue between parents and son as the later complains about the monster in his bedroom.
Each full double page depicts a rather large, and actually quite loveable, pale green ‘monster’ and a little boy in his pyjamas with the dialogue bringing forward new complaints;
‘There’s mud in the claws and yuk on the tail!’
… followed by great sarcasm from his parents …
‘It’s probably blood and gunk! As long as it’s not yours.’
As the smells become over powering and the pillow fight results in a room covered in feathers … mum and dad appear, and then so does the twist. A very enjoyable one.
The illustrations are just as imperative to the story development as the dialogue is, and very appealing. Bold without being harsh, and a great attention to detail, most crucially the facial expressions of our two main characters. Take a look at that front cover, fantastic!