If you have a monster that won’t go to bed…

“Don’t ask your parents to help you. They know a lot about putting kids to bed, but nothing about putting monsters to bed. It’s not their fault; they’re just not good at it.”

Read this book instead.

Ages 3-7, Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0553496550
 (Hardcover)

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Meet Illustrator Zachariah Ohora

Get into the mind of a creative genius.

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Vega (Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?) makes fine use of tried-and-true comic elements: the child who dominates an enormous beast, gross-out language (burps, smelly underwear), and the way her monster loves everything human children hate. Readers will be too busy giggling to go to sleep. - Publishers Weekly

Vega’s incorporation of alliteration and wordplay, when woven with Ohora’s bold acrylic art, creates a humorous discourse ideal for storytelling…A superb example of picture book collaboration, this appealing title will be popular in most collections. - School Library Journal

In tongue-in-cheek direct-address text, Vega provides children with an entertaining manual for putting unruly monsters to sleep…”

- The Horn Book

“Blake has had me reread it every night since we bought it!”

- Kristen O.

Enhance the Experience with Classroom, Story Time
and Home Activities!

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed is a wonderful book to share with your class, for story time at your library, or at home. Explore the educational and fun activities I offer.

Fun and Educational Resources

Want to use this book in your classroom, story time or at home? Check out our downloadable resources!

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Coloring Page!

Draw your own monster with the help of our heroine! Thank you to illustrator, Zachariah Ohora for designing this page.

Coloring Page

FAQs About IF YOUR MONSTER WON’T GO TO BED

How long did take you to write If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed
It’s always hard to say because many stories evolve over time. This one started out as a different kind of monster going to bed book several years ago and then I came up with this “How To” version in 2013 and it came together pretty quickly. I had LOTS of feedback from my critique group and then worked with my agent on it before we sent it out  for publication.

 

Where did you get the idea for the book?
I can’t even remember! I need to write that down for future books because a lot of people ask that question and I’d sure like to know too. 🙂

How are you like the girl in the book?
I did like to try to solve things, but I wasn’t as determined as she is! I love how she works so hard to get her monster to bed that neighbors line up to ask for her expert advice.

 

MONSTER in the Media

 

Author Interview

Interview with Carissa Mina

Colorado Parent Magazine

Interview with Lydia Rueger