Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 2 to 5
In this poem addressed to a young child, author Caroline Adderson outlines the ten things a mother loves about her little one. From his scaly elbows and knees all the way to his twitchy tail, every inch of this little “monster” is itemized and admired.
Gentle and humorous illustrations by Christina Leist show how one tired parent decides to participate in a bit of rowdy play at bedtime, with the result being a happily tired child and a mother who is even more in love with her offspring than she was at the beginning of the book.
This satisfyingly unconventional bedtime story will encourage children and parents to appreciate each other just a little bit more every time they read it.
About the authors
Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
CHRISTINA LEIST is a Vancouver-based children’s illustrator, writer and book designer. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden with a Bachelor (Honours) in Communications Design, she worked as an Art Director for several international advertising agencies. Her books featuring imaginative worlds for the young have received several award nominations and great recognition.
Whimsical . . . The gentle mixed-media cartoon artwork has a soothing palette and lots of movement.
School Library Journal
The colors often bleed beyond their borders, lending a dreamy quality to the proceedings, and a company of small details . . . slow the free-verse poem's momentum and introduce the possible notion of day's end.
A very cute book for younger children as they will likely see themselves and their innocent, carefree lives reflected in the pages.