The Patterson Puppies and the Midnight Monster Party

Leslie Patricelli, Author
Leslie Patricelli, Candlewick, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3243-4
Reviewed on: 05/10/2010
Release date: 05/01/2010
Even though her puppy siblings sleep through the night, Petra is too afraid of the monster she hears scratching on the roof—and not even 16 stuffed animals can help. Her siblings suggest they bake cookies for the monster, so he won’t eat them. When the four-armed, purple-horned monster shows, Petra’s surprised to find it’s as scared as they are (and even carries 16 stuffed animals, too). In this companion to The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day, Patricelli expertly handles a common fear with equally recognizable family dynamics and moments of gentle humor. Ages 2–5. (May)