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Summary: Every night it was the same thing. Angie couldn't turn out the lights because there were dragons and monsters, snakes and ghosts who would take over her room. When Jazz, the DreamDog, offers her an idea, she knows what she can do to help these friends find new places to go. This is a bedtime story that gives kids a way to deal with their fear of the dark.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, easy reader, learning to read, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.2
Age of Child: Started reading with 6½-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter immediately loved this book. We read it several times right away, and then again later in the day. Without us even mentioning it, she discovered that there is a heart on each page. She had fun trying to find them all.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story that turns the tables on the monsters in a very creative way. Instead of saying "there is no such thing as monsters," the story respects the child's beliefs and gives them the power to do something. The illustrator does a nice job of making the creatures more cute than scary ... making it easy to convey the message! This is written at a second-grade level; the rhyming scheme will help reluctant or struggling readers who still need practice with sight words.
Pros: Kids will enjoy this story about bedtime monsters, partly because it's about monsters and partly because they can be part of the solution of getting rid of them.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one that you will read LOTS of times ... especially as you move from crib to big kid's bed.
Educational Themes: Although this is a story about dealing with your fear of the dark, it can easily be transition to other fears. It is a great book for helping young kids begin to understand the power of positive thinking and that sometimes they have the answer inside them.