Bedtime Stories

Children’s Reviews

Monster, Be Good! by Natalie Marshall

Recommended Ages 2-7

Monster be goodMonsters are often on the minds of youngsters, some love them and others are afraid of what they may do.  This bold and brightly colored book shows children that they are in the driver’s seat.  If a monster does something they don’t like, they have the power to change it. Using witty and concise sentences this story has the right combination of information and humor. The expressive monsters placed in foreground of flamboyant patterns kept my 2 and 3-year-old classes engrossed from cover to cover. Sometimes monsters and people don’t share and won’t go to bed. This book teaches children we all can all act beastly, but there are good ways to deal with it.  Fans of Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs” series will love this one for their younger children.

Brownie and Pearl : Hit the Hay

by Cynthia Rylant pictures by Brian Biggs

Brownie and Pearl hit the hay It takes skill to make the simple seem easy. Classic children’s author Cynthia Rylant does this with style in her Brownie and Pearl series for toddlers.   Anything friends Brownie and Pearl do is made extra special when they do it together.  A little girl Brownie and her friend Pearl a cat are relaxing together and decide it is time for bed. They have bath time, a snack and a bedtime story. Biggs’ large cheery pictures fill the pages and match Rylant’s  text conveying  good friends ending the day together.  This book shares the bedtime ritual in child friendly way and my easily distracted 2 and 3 year olds were happily interested in this tale.

Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket

by Tatyana Feeney

Recommended Ages 2 to 7

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket

A special blanket can be an important part of a child’s life.  It can comfort them and even be a first friend.  Small Bunny loves his Blue Blanket!  Whatever Small Bunny does it is always better with Blue Blanket. They swing higher, paint better pictures and even can read the hardest words when they are together. Being a toddler often gets messy and Blue Bunny is no exception. Mommy calls and makes them bathe. Blue Bunny is not happy to be separated even for a minute. When they are united happiness reigns. This cute story was done basically in blue and white with a smattering of pink here and there.  It all melds together well and displays an understanding of things that matter to young children.  I am adding it to my keeper list for storytime books.

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