Perfect Picture Book Friday! Go to Sleep, Monster! by Kevin Cornell

19 Aug

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun, unique bedtime story.

gotosleepGo to Sleep, Monster!
By Kevin Cornell
32 pages – ages 5+

Published by Balzer + Bray on April 12, 2016

Theme/Topic- Facing your fears/Bedtime

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘George,’ said Anna, ‘turn off the light!'”

Synopsis from publisher: “Getting George to sleep is a nightmare. But getting a monster to sleep? That’s an adventure.

This is the first book written and illustrated by the bestselling artist of the Terrible Two series, Kevin Cornell.”

What I Thought- This is a fun bedtime story. The kids go down the line of scary monsters, and try to figure out what is scaring them. It encourages facing fears, and helping others. The book is funny, and kids will love having it read to them. Mr. Cornell’s illustrations go perfectly with the story, and really add another dimension to the book. I think that kids will enjoy poring over the illustrations, looking for extra details.


The lighting effects in the illustrations are very cool. I even like the font used.

Activities and Resources- If you need help calming your kids down before bedtime, and both have great activities HERE and HERE. has a nice article about how to deal with fears in little kids HERE.

Read a sample of this book at the publisher’s website HERE.

Learn more about the art and concept art behind this book at Mr. Cornell’s website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

12 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Go to Sleep, Monster! by Kevin Cornell”

  1. Genevieve Petrillo August 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    I think Mom needs to read this book. She NEVER turns out the light (or the TV). She’s afraid of the dark! Lucky she has me to protect her….

    Love and licks,


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 31, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Yes, your Mom is very lucky, Cupcake. Not everyone has such a magnificent guard dog. Maybe you should read books to her to help her sleep! 😀


  2. Patricia Tilton August 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    What a great book to encourage kids to talk about their fears! Great illustrations! I used to be terrified of snakes, and this summer I made myself touch one at a zoo birthday party and was surprised at how it felt.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

      It’s always nice when you get that feeling of facing your fears, and nothing bad happens. 🙂


  3. Andrea Mack August 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    The illustrations do look cool! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog August 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    I love the illustrations and the story sounds great too. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Darlene August 21, 2016 at 4:55 am #

    I remember that monster under my bed when I was a kid. This is a great book to help kids face their fears.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

      You are absolutely right – and I hope that you and your monster had the Talk, and figured out who gets custody for the bed! 😉


  6. nocturnalsworld August 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Like many of the other commenters, I feel compelled to ‘ooh’ and ‘awe’ over the illustrations. It looks like a still-frame from a really well animated television show, and the font adds a touch of the spooky.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      It’s a great picture book, and I bet that kids will love to hear it at bedtime! 🙂


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