George can’t seem to go to sleep.
“There’s a monster under the bed!” George’s sister, Anna, peeks under his bed. When a monster pops out wearing a sheepish grin, Anna knows just how to help out her little brother. “Monster,” Anna scolds, “stop scaring my brother! It’s time to go to sleep!” The monster under George’s bed, however, can’t sleep either. He’s afraid of the monster under the bedroom floor. In no time at all, Anna tells the monster under the floor to stop all the scaring and to hit the hay. “I wish I could sleep, but I can’t!” says the monster under the floor. Another monster lies awake in the room right below his. In this absurd and hilarious nighttime romp, readers meet a full range of charming beasts of many different shapes and colors (both children are white). Cornell gives each monster shades of personality and humor through facial gestures and bizarre body details. Blues and purples dominate almost every illustration, accentuating each burst and fleck of light. As Anna and George (and the growing list of monsters the siblings befriend) find more and more monsters hiding under tables, gravel, and dirt, they move further and further into the center of the Earth, where the last monster resides. This journey ends on a comforting note.
A lovely, humorous exploration of all the things that keep us up at night. (Picture book. 4-8)