A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2005
It's bedtime This little boy is ready to climb the stairs and say goodnight But Father isn't ready at all He's afraid of monsters; he doesn't want to be left alone downstairs
This brave lad knows how to handle father He'll patiently lead his parent through the bedtime routine Naturally the boy won't mind looking in the closet, behind the drapes and everywhere in between if it will make his anxious father feel better The boy will cheerfully hop into bed for a bedtime story And he'll say, after a final hug, "I'll hear you if you need me in the night " Father should feel much better now But what's going to happen when he has to go downstairs alone?
Maybe there are monsters in the house after all But can you guess what they are really after? A reassuring story for confident children and timid parents everywhere
This delightful twist on a common fear will have young ones chortling as they recognize some of the best techniques for stalling parents at bedtime Popular author Sharon Jennings gives the boy the parental role as she gently pokes fun at the child-like dad And illustrator Ruth Ohi creates a monster duo far more interested in having fun and stealing cookies than scaring anyone The team responsible for the Blue Spruce Award-winner, The Bye-Bye Pie, has created a warm and cozy story that will fill youngsters with confidence night after night
About the authors
Sharon Jennings has been published for 27 years. She is the author of over 70 books for young people – board books, picture books, reluctant reads, novels – many of which have been nominated for numerous awards and even won a few! Her middle grade novel Home Free was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, The Silver Birch Award, and the TD Award. Her latest books are Connecting Dots, a completely true work of fiction about a girl’s terrible, horrible life, and The Warning, a completely true collection of stories about the supernatural. Sharon is very involved with her community, serving as a Board Member of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and is a three term President of The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).
Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.
RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.