Don't let The bedbugs bite.
This familiar refrain sets the scene for the nightly imaginings of an inventive child. The very mention of bedbugs fires the child's imagination, and soon she is busy dispatching the bugs. Father's repeated "Nighty-nights" to settle the child only conjures up another creature in the restless child's mind.
As the ghoul, the monster, and finally the vampire each submit to the high-spirited child, Father quietly brings it to an end by reciting, "No buts. Sleepy, sleepy. Eyes shut."
This is a beguiling story filled with humor and rising anticipation following each "Nighty-night."
Marc Mongeau's fun-filled artwork embodies the comical spirit that makes the story such a pleasurable read.
Bill Richardson is the author of the best-selling young-adult novel After Hamelin, which won the Silver Birch Award, and appeared on the VOYA Best Fantasy honor list, the Children's Fall 2002 Book Sense list, and more. He has written several successful novels for adults and is a popular radio host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Marc Mongeau, an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist, has produced over 25 picture books, including There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Dinosaur Duster. His work also appears in magazines and newspapers, such as Time, World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.