TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED by Katie Cotton

TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Setting new standards for gross sound effects, 10 monsters snore, scream, scratch, hiccup, belch, or worse as they tumble one by one out of an overcrowded bunk bed.

Rather than stick with the well-known original lyric, Cotton offers new stanzas to make rhymes for each chip-generated sound: “Just two noisy monsters left / when tummy trouble started. / One clutched his gut and, with a moan, / the room shook as he….” Blecha (aptly named) contributes a row of popeyed, brightly colored, dribbling or otherwise disreputable Monsters Inc.–style creatures—each of which falls or is ejected from the bed atop the previous victim and, with a press on its belly, loudly utters its juicy assigned response. Though the final collective plaint—“WE’RE MORE SQUISHED THAN BEFORE!”—is somewhat anticlimactic, the stacked-up monsters remain on the final spread to reprise their sonic contributions with further pokes. The batteries are (for better or worse) replaceable through a port on the rear cover.

A distinct change of pace from the cute clucks and oinks of Noisy Farm (2013) and like sound-makers. (Picture book/novelty. 2-6)

Pub Date: July 7th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4998-0067-8
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Little Bee
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2015




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