Monster Boogie

Laurie Berkner, illus. by Ben Clanton. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6465-9
Like a cheery preschool version of the Halloween classic “Monster Mash,” children’s music star Berkner’s snappy tune-turned-picture-book features not-so-scary monsters cutting a rug. When “the biggest monster that you’ve ever seen!” shows up in two sleeping kids’ bedroom, one sibling is all smiles, while the other keeps a wide-eyed distance as their purple-eyed visitor clicks on the boom box and confesses he likes to “do the monster boogie... round the room!... So can you!” By the time the monster breaks into a second round—“monster wiggle” moves—both kids are joyfully bebopping with their unexpected guest and a few of his monstrous friends. Clanton (the Narwhal and Jelly series) opens the action in an inky dark bedroom, then creates a true party atmosphere with a popping fresh palette. Thick black outlines delineate his figures, who are further distinguished by their big, bright eyes—with some characters sporting more than two. This romp offers sunny before-bed silliness and may also just help allay nighttime monster fears. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/28/2018
Release date: 07/24/2018
Genre: Children's
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