By Author / Illustrator
Sophie Berger, Ruan van Vliet
Cicada Books Limited
Bartholomew has monsters that keep him awake at night, and when it comes to morning...they're still there, stopping him from getting ready for school! Will his Dad manage to get him to school on time?
This is a good book for sharing with children who struggle with bad dreams, or being a little bit grumpy in the mornings - I know I can sympathise with the idea of having monsters stopping you from getting ready in the morning! It's a great conversation starter for introducing the idea of asking for help if you're struggling with feeling a little grumpy, or finding getting jobs done. The pictures are funny and will keep children engaged in the story.
In the classroom, you could use this story in PSHE to talk about the importance of asking for help, having a good night's sleep and being able to label/talk about emotions. Children could draw their own monsters that stop them from getting jobs done, talk about how they can keep the monsters in check and ensure that they can identify when they need help.
Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Lizi Backhouse, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+