“Avery never liked bedtime, and she liked it even less on Halloween when all the monsters were out.”
Fearful that monsters may be in her closet or under her bed, Avery sneaks back downstairs after her mother tucks her in. Her mother humors her daughter by offering logical answers to her litany of queries. In between working on the computer and washing dishes, Mom states that werewolves sleep in dens, ghosts settle down in “big haunted mansions,” witches “go to bed the moment their potions are brewed,” mummies rest in coffins, skeletons snooze in empty closets, and vampires get their shut-eye during the daytime. White dialogue bubbles contain most of the back and forth but switch to conventionally set text when the explanation is placed on a page without the speaker. Marts’ illustrations mix cartoonlike characters (the monsters are particularly friendly-looking) set against textured backgrounds in appropriately moody hues of dark blues, purples, browns, and green. Observant readers will enjoy spotting Avery’s cuddly cat in each spread—and they will be tickled by the gently surprising ending that proves Avery’s fears aren’t quite so imaginary after all.
Share this with those looking for a benign Halloween story or for those children who always resist bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)