With the creak of a door, a big purple monster makes its entrance and derails a perfectly good bedtime.
With big purple eyes and sharp green teeth, the monster announces to its young charges that it is the biggest monster that they’ve ever seen. But instead of gobbling them up, it turns on the radio, brings on the brightness, and proceeds to entertain the two brown children. “Everybody does the monster boogie,” after all, and the young girl mimics all of the monster’s moves while the skeptical boy taps his foot. With the spotlight on the young boy, the monster encourages both him and readers with, “So can you!” And with closed eyes and his teddy at his side, the boy begins to boogie. With amazing convenience, selected arts-and-crafts materials appear, and the children transform themselves into monsters as the big purple monster juggles all of the furniture in the room—beds, dresser, suitcase, radio, and all. Soon the room is an explosion of Day-Glo colors, filled with children and monsters jamming out. With a click of the lights and the wink of an eye, the party is over—alas, bedtime resumes. The story is written in rhythmic verse so it is impossible to read without singing…of course, you could, but what would be the fun of that?
This book is clearly designed for singing, dancing, and messy crafting. It’s the best and most convivial way to experience it. (Picture book. 3-7)