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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Maple is a monster that lives under little Sally’s bed. It is a friendly monster who had watched little Sally grow up and move from a baby bed to a big girl's bed. One thing Sally didn’t like was going to sleep. Everything involved with bedtime made the small girl mad. She hated cleaning up, taking a bath, brushing her teeth, bedtime stories, and she hated falling asleep. Sally’s mom needed sleep so she asked the friendly monster for help. Her mom decided to finally introduce Sally to the monster under her bed. Scared at first, Sally hid behind her mother until she realized that Maple was a nice monster. Maple set out to help Sally like going to bed but first had to figure out why Sally didn’t like it. Sally didn’t believe that you can have fun getting ready for bed, but Maple promised it would be so she went along with it...
Monster Under My Bed: The Clean Up Game by Andy Owens is a fun and relatable book for children. I think we all hated bedtime at some point in our childhood. So it’s no surprise that little Sally wants to stay up and play instead of following a boring routine of cleaning up before settling down for the night. I found it adorable that the monster under her bed isn’t scary, but is given the task of making bedtime fun for the girl. The young reader will see that there are ways to make winding down for the night enjoyable. The characters are unique and well written. Sally reminds me a lot of myself at that age. Maple and Sally are relatable to a child reader. The illustrations were also beautifully done and fit well with the story. Overall, I think Andy Owens did an excellent job with Monster Under My Bed and I can’t wait to read more of his work.