Chasing away the nighttime blues
Little ones having trouble sleeping? Afraid of what lurks in the shadowy corners of their rooms? That puny night light isn’t enough? Then fear not! Two recently published books purport to help our little ones sleep soundly in the peace and comfort of their own beds. What sleep-deprived parent wouldn’t be interested in these? Especially given that both books were created with the help of developmental psychologists and other childhood experts. I know I was quick to try them out!
Bye Bye Monster (Dr Toy Best Picks, 2008)
Reading level: Ages 1-10
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press (December 10, 2008)
Publisher’s synopsis: Joey had monsters in his closet, so bedtime was never easy. He heard strange noises in his room at night and often thought they were monsters. Joey is convinced he can face his fear when a furry monster named Barley pops out of his dresser drawer. Once Barley explains that all monsters aren’t scary, he takes Joey on an adventure to Monster Street where children go when they cannot sleep at night. All children will be able to relate to Joey’s nighttime challenge and will enjoy taking an adventure with him as he encounters handy ways to use his spray, meet new friends, and learn valuable lessons along the way.
Add this book to your collection: Bye Bye Monster
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Sweet Dreams Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
The second book, Bedtime with Rollo the NightSpryte by David and Seth Bier, takes a slightly different angle on bedtime fears. Rollo is a rough and tumble night spryte determined to sweeten your children’s dreams and help them sleep peacefully. With comic book illustrations, Rollo tries to demystify some of the common sources of bedtime fears. For example, Rollo explains that although monsters are portrayed badly in fairy tales, in reality it’s just a marketing ploy to spice up the story. He also introduces a whole bunch of scary monsters and shows that they really aren’t that bad. They’re just scary looking. They don’t really mean to scare anyone. The book comes with a plush Rollo toy for your little one to snuggle with.
Publisher’s synopsis: Got monsters? Kids scared of the dark? There’s no need to fear, Rollo the NightSpryte is here! Bedtime with Rollo introduces the first and only character specifically designed to help children conquer the age-old, common bedtime fears. Rollo empowers your little loved ones by helping them take control of their blossoming imaginations. Bedtime with Rollo is a fun-tastic, colorful, laugh-out-loud read, and a monster-free room… that’s guaranteed.
Add this book to your collection: Bedtime with Rollo the NightSpryte
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