The Monster Above the Bed

HarperCollins/Clarion. Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063271326.
PreS-K–Anyone who has ever been certain there was a monster lurking in their room will relate to the story of Blossom and Ivy. Blossom, a one-eyed monster, is certain there is a monster above her bed. She can put the scary thoughts aside during the day, but they return at night. When she gets up the courage to go after the monster, she ends up facing a human girl, just as certain there is a monster under her own bed. The lively illustrations mimic familiar bedtime challenges, but this time there’s a twist. This book will provide a terrific opportunity to discuss what happens when we face our fears and work through what’s actually behind them. Cheerful digital illustrations give this a Saturday morning cartoon vibrance, and the monster family is notably not scary.
VERDICT Completely charming! For everyone who has tried to help a young one face those bedtime monster fears, this offers a pretty good answer.

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