|Good night, baddies|
Author: Underwood, Deborah
After a full day of evil schemes, fairy tale baddies return home to spend time with their friends and get ready for bed in this cozy bedtime book.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 186846
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/16)
School Library Journal (05/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—It is easy to determine what monsters and villains in typical fairy tales are up to during the day. But what do they do at night? Do they get a chance to relax? This tale describes what witches, dragons, and trolls do when it is time to get ready for bed. The text and the lush illustrations show monsters, dragons, and even Rumpelstiltskin getting ready for bed and reading bedtime stories. There is even a giant checking under his bed for princesses. (They are so scary, you know!) This work is a subtle reminder that in life, we are all more alike than we are different. Kids will get a lot of giggles from seeing some familiar monsters in a more humanized way. Underwood's verse and Kangas's charming, expressive watercolor with oil wash artwork set just the right tone. "Underneath a starry sky,/sing a baddie lullaby./Day will bring more evil schemes./Good night, baddies…/sour dreams!" This title is a terrific way to introduce fairy tales and can be used to talk about the importance of reading. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2016 They might be “baddies” by day, but by evening, all the familiar villains (witches, wolves, giants, dragons, trolls, and so on) who make fairy tales so exciting shed their evil ways: “All day long they must be vile; / now, at night, they chat and smile.” They politely share dinner, take turns in soothing bubble baths, tell gentle stories by firelight, check under their beds, read a book or two, and soon enough drift off to a “baddie lullaby” with the next day’s “evil schemes” but a dream away. For young readers, the lightly lilting, humorous four-line verses on each double-page spread should be a gentle beacon toward slumber land, too. Underwood and Kangas are a delightfully subversive team, proving even the meanest baddies need time to relax and recharge. Showing the cooperative, thoughtful side of the most mythic meanies is also a clever reminder—even to jaded adults—to look well beyond others’ exteriors and reputations, and discover the nice guys waiting underneath. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.