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Author: Heather Ayris Burnell

Illustrator: Bonnie Adamson

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press, a Division of Delta Publishing Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Paul doesn't want to go to bed. No one else did, so why should he? Then the transformation began. He became a little monster. Would Mom and Dad be able to get him to sleep? This is a bedtime story written in Spanish and English.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old-girl

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter was unusually vocal about her dislike for this one. She thought Paul was cute and was happy at first that it was a book with words she could read, but then as the story went on she decided it was too easy and the story was "for babies."

Adult Reader Reaction: This one may have hit too close to home for my daughter. Still, I can see the disconnect between the age of the audience for whom the book is written and the audience who can read it themselves. As a bilingual book, though, I think it is an excellent choice when you're practicing or learning a different language. Overall, I was disappointed in the message.

Pros: Parents and young children will see their own house in this story about a little boy who is tired but doesn't want to go to bed. The illustrations help exaggerate the story in fun ways for kids.

Cons: I understand why the parents were comforting, but there was no acknowledgment that tantrums aren't acceptable. In fact, Dad's reaction at the end only reinforces that its okay.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is one you'll want to preview before sharing with your kids to see if it has the message you want.


Educational Themes: The lesson in this one is clear ... there is a right and a wrong way to go to bed.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, emotions, bilingual, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2011

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