In the comfortable world of animal society, Frog can always count on his friends. Scared by the monster sounds under his bed, he runs to Duck's house. But the monsters follow, and the two friends rush off to sleep at Pig's place. A harrowing night passes, till Hare comes along and finds Frog and Duck's homes mysteriously empty, and worries about his friends' absence. Simply worded and drawn, the tale reassures without moralizing. Velthuijs (Frog in Winter, 1993, etc.) neither affirms nor denies the existence of the monsters, only the reality of the characters' fears. The animals are loaded with charm, the pictures warm and cheery. Even the houses look inviting. Like a nice cup of hot chocolate before bedtime, this tale provides calm encouragement for children still grappling with late night terrors.