For any child who has trouble going to sleep, here is a funny, imaginative, and ultimately empowering bedtime book about a girl who takes control of her nightmare and shows a group of monsters that she’s the boss of her dreams.
In this creative bedtime book, a girl finds herself in a nightmare filled with snarling “beasties.” By her side is a little T-Rex named Ben, a stuffed animal who comes alive in her dreams. When she realizes that she’s in the middle of a bad dream, the plucky main character uses problem-solving and quick thinking to take control of the nightmare. She turns the tables on the beasties–asserting that she is the boss and directing the ultimately harmless monsters in a silly movie before reading them a story and tucking them in so they can all–finally–get a decent night’s sleep.
“In a surreal dreamscape filled with colorful monsters, a child’s initial fright turns to whimsy upon realizing they are in control of their own destiny…in rhyming couplets, the story turns fanciful as the child starts to boss the monsters around. Staub…plays with language, delaying the rhyme with a page turn or pre-empting an obvious rhyme with a surprise word. Illustrator Liu’s digital art looks hand-drawn, with a childlike sense of play that conveys the humor. A solid…rhyming story about conquering one’s nighttime fears.” –Kirkus Reviews