Little Monster isn’t ready for bed. What can Big Monster do?
“You must be tired after your big day,” says Big Monster. “No, I’m not,” replies Little Monster. “My knees have lots of bounces in them.” And so the battle begins. “Show me,” Big Monster says, with a snaggle-toothed smile. Big Monster’s turquoise blue, with orange-striped horns and a nose that resembles a child’s drawing of an evergreen tree. Little Monster’s a golden yellow, with a nose that resembles a cotton boll. Little Monster jumps on a trampoline but doesn’t get tired. “My bottom wants to wiggle-jiggle.” “Show me,” is Big Monster’s reply. Still to come are swinging, rolling around, and frolicking in a frothy bubble bath. Finally it’s almost bedtime, but Little Monster’s feet aren’t tired; they “have jumps inside them.” Little Monster jumps like a jack-in-the-box, then needs to take a last zoom around the room, arms extended like an airplane, finally settling in Big Monster’s lap. But still, the eyes aren’t tired. Big Monster (who is beginning to look pretty fatigued) leads Little Monster in an exercise: “Open, shut…shhh.” And so to bed. Hunter avoids pronouns, so the monsters can be gendered any way readers choose. Bowles makes Little Monster appropriately sassy and energetic, and if caregivers are as tired as Big Monster after all Little Monster’s antics, well, that’s a welcome kind of realism.
Simply sweet. (Picture book. 3-6)