A well-told tale of nighttime collywobbles, suitable for framing.

YETI, TURN OUT THE LIGHT!

When a yeti gets a case of the heebie-jeebies, then something clearly is amiss.

Readers meet Long and Edmundson’s Yeti, a yeti, as the day draws to a close. He heads to his cave, has some spaghetti and meatballs, flosses and hits the sack. But Yeti can’t sleep, as shadows lurk, “dart[ing] frightfully near! // They dance up the wall, / and, my, are they scary! / Oh, what could they be? / Yeti is wary....” Yeti flicks on the light. Three jewel-eyed bunnies stand there. The rabbits join Yeti in bed, off goes the light, and back come the shadows. This goes on as Yeti discovers a horde of his pals come to visit, until he shoos them to their respective beds and finally gets some shut-eye. This is a gentle and empathetic approach to the bedtime skitters, with a good and clear explanation for something that bedevils most kids when there is just enough light to conjure those creepy shadows. Kirwan’s artwork is not just luscious, but also smart and inviting in style, the matte colors effectively evoking scary shadows as well as laughably nonthreatening friends once the light is on.

A well-told tale of nighttime collywobbles, suitable for framing. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4521-1158-2

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2013

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For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to...

THIS MONSTER CANNOT WAIT!

Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait.

The camping trip is five whole days away. That is agony for such an impulsive and excitable monster. (Even on the title page, he’s already urging readers to “Just read the book already!”) In the hopes of speeding things up, Stewart paints the clocks, changes the calendar and even builds a time machine—but nothing works. Then Stewart realizes that if he could just make the end of the story come faster, camping would come faster too! Crumbling the fourth wall for readers, he reaches down to tug at the corners of the pages, while eagerly ripping another completely in half. Fortunately, Stewart’s parents are not amused and make him tape the book back together. Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roar—“I wanna go camping NOW!”—Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Barton’s sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewart’s desperation. Patience is certainly a virtue, and one that is difficult to learn.

For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 18, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-8037-3779-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: Feb. 27, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2013

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“If a monster is tired and grumpy, send it to bed and say, ‘GO TO SLEEP!’ ” Like that would work.

MONSTER, BE GOOD!

A blatantly psychotherapeutic variation on Where the Wild Things Are and like empowerment fare.

An invisible narrator addresses young children: “Don’t be scared! You are in charge of the monsters. If you tell them how to behave, they will listen.” Depicting externalization in action, Marshall crowds each busily colored and patterned spread with mildly scary cartoon cousins of Ed Emberley’s Big Green Monster. They are all acting out or being selfish, mean or grumpy, but they are quickly brought into line with a corrective command like “Be quiet!”; “Sit still!”; or “Take turns!” Whether such direct orders will be more effective in real life coming from a child’s mouth than an irritated caregiver’s is anybody’s guess, but children (and, for that matter, parents) may derive some satisfaction from at least the pretense of authority that is offered here.

“If a monster is tired and grumpy, send it to bed and say, ‘GO TO SLEEP!’ ” Like that would work. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: May 14, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-60905-314-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Blue Apple

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2013

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