Title: Good Night Baddies
Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Juli Kangas
Publisher: Beach Lane Books, 2016
Themes: Fairytale baddies, good hearts, humor
Review copy from publisher.
Sun dips down; the day has gone.
Witches, wolves, and giants yawn.
Queen and dragon, troll and gnome:
tired baddies head for home.
A bookful of classic fairytale antagonists (giants, dragons, wolves, witches…) gather together at the end of a long day of evildoing to enjoy a civilized and polite evening of diner, and sweet bedtime stories and sweet slumber before rising for another day of mischief.
Why I like this book:
Deborah Underwood writes this cheekily subversive story in slick rhyme upending the classic interpretation children will have of their favorite picture book/folk tale baddies. Seeing a wolf in his PJ’s brushing his teeth, a witch checking under the fearful giant’s bed that there are no lurking princesses, or a dragon with his snuggie listening to a gnome reading a sweet bedtime story will delight young readers who adore twists and surprises in their stories.
The fabulous subliminal message that there’s good in all of us won’t be lost either on young minds. My favorite spread is the Billy Goats Gruff troll chilling in a very bubbly bath while a number of other baddies wait patiently outside the bathroom door. The illustrations are bold, bad and full of soft critter humor set in the nighttime castle.
This is a read-aloud that you’ll happily repeat and fits perfectly into any unit on fairytales, fractured or otherwise. The rhyme is as tight as a pair of braces, but never trite and just as smart as her previous rhyming picture book, INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA.
You may never again see the baddies in the same light after reading this!
Imagine some other famous bad guys and their nighttime routines! It can be your favorite anti-hero from a cartoon. book, movie..
Check out this cool trailer by the multi-talented author.
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Author’s website: deborahunderwoodbooks.com
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