Whoa whoa whoa....back up there. Before you continue reading, did you catch the title AND author? Go ahead, reread it. *waits* Now for those of you that have been to my site before, you may know that I've reviewed other titles by Mr. Nicholson previously. You may also remember that those books were Fiction or Horror novels, some of which carried age warnings for potential readers due to content. Do I expect you to believe that this same said author has now added a storybook to his portfolio of work....a children's picture book no less? Yep. I most certainly do...and please be advised, IT IS GOOD!
This is the tale of one little girl's bedtime story brought to life by her imagination and the words of her father. It's a fitting tribute to the love between a parent and child as he reassures her that there is no monster under her bed, the boogey man will not get her, and above all...he's there for her. It was touching, surprising, and oh so clever in both it's use of verse and fantastic illustrations. The only "monster" I didn't particularly care for was the wizard, ironically enough. He seemed kind of creepy even if the others were actually "monsters", but aside from him and his "silly spell", the book was a wonderful treat.
With each turn of the page, we discover just what each monster would do to frighten off any other monsters lurking in the shadows whether they be bothersome boys or hobbling hob goblins. It's really quite a sight and certainly unexpected. I mean one page you have a vampire gingerly tucking the wide eyed little girl in, and the next...he's ready to chomp down on those lurking outside. We have werewolves, monsters, ghostlings, mummies and so many more creatures from the darker parts of the imagination and yet each one has something positive to bring to the table to help show the little girl that there is nothing to be afraid of.
Recommended for readers of all ages. Children and adults alike are certain to enjoy this story on some level. eBook for review courtesy of author Scott Nicholson. For more information on this title as well as his other works, be sure to check out his website, blog, or follow along on Twitter for the latest and greatest breaking news.
Until next time...happy reading!