When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson.
How many ways are there to say “I love this book?”
I have a three-year-old little girl. I call her Boober Goober Schnitzel-Fritz for reasons even I can’t explain. She loves monsters. For months she had her own mixed-media art installation in her room of GoodMonsterBadMonster. GoodMonsterBadMonster was made of yarn, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and painters tape.
So when we found this book with a girl named Winifred Schnitzel who loved monsters, I knew it was a keeper. And it did not disappoint.
Winifred is not afraid of anything, but the monsters who keep interrupting her sleep are keeping her from ballet class and school and general merriment. Something serious must be done. She tries with little luck to keep them out of her room. And then one night she is so sleepy she falls into a deep sleep and even the monsters aren’t disturbing her. It is then, that she sleepily rolls over and discovers what monsters hate most of all. Problem solved.
The story is told in rhyme and the rhyming is spot on. Winifred’s predicament is amusing and her efforts to banish the monsters are amusing (my three-year-old references the Prickly-Bum-Chair regularly). The illustrations are perfect and the solution will have everyone smiling..maybe even laughing.
I love this book.