Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters
by Sophie Berger, Ruan van Vliet (Illustrator)
3 out of 5 stars
Bartholomew has trouble getting ready in the morning because the friendly monsters he partied with the night before, keep stealing his hairbrush, clutching at his clothes, and spilling his breakfast. Finally Bartholomew’s father steps in to help him get ready, and they share a special moment as they go out the door to start their day.
I thought this was a sweet and relatable story, especially for little kids who have trouble getting up in the morning. I really liked how the father comes in to help without criticizing or getting angry at Bartholomew.
There was one part of the book that I didn’t like, where Bartholomew is trying to use the toilet and the monsters tease him and make him spill on the floor. That seemed like it was taking things way too far.
The illustrations are okay, but I didn’t really enjoy the messy art style. The colors are vibrant, and the designs for each monster are unique.
Overall, a nice book with a comforting message for any little kids who get frustrated trying to get ready in the morning.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
The monsters are kind of creepy, especially that pink black-eyed one in the lower right-hand corner. He looks downright evil!
I know, right?!