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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Monsters in the Night is a book about combating bad dreams, written by Kat Michels and illustrated by Megan McCune. As children sleep, they dream of wonderful and amazing things in magical places, but sometimes a monster can sneak into the child’s mind. It is then that things are suddenly not so pleasant. The secret which you need to remember is that not all monsters are bad; if you do see a monster, it will be one of the special monsters whose only job is to protect you so that you can sleep safely and in peace.
Kat Michels's tale about keeping bad dreams at bay deals with monsters from a very different perspective. Complete with a large glossary of new words at the end so that young readers can broaden their vocabulary, Monsters in the Night teaches that most of the monsters which a child imagines as they sleep are actually bodyguards which stay close so that the child can get a peaceful night of rest. If the child sees a frightening or ugly expression on the bodyguard-monster’s face, it is simply so that they can scare away any bad monster which has mischief on its mind. Not only does Monsters in the Night tackle the social aspects of nightmares, but it also provides a unique learning experience while also transforming the face of something scary into a positive being with a purpose.
Children can also take what they learn from Monsters in the Night and apply it to their waking hours, in that it would replace the usual staring at an odd-looking stranger to something kinder and gentler, as they see the beauty of what could possibly lie underneath – just as the child would view the monsters that visit their dreams. I am quite impressed with Monsters in the Night and recommend it to be read to children aged 4-8, as it not only transforms nightmares into dreams, but also condemnation into understanding.