Synopses & Reviews
Creaking . . . Squeaking . . .and#160;Gnashing . . . Glinking . . . Under the bed, deep in the closet, behind the radiator . . . the bedtime monsters are stirring, and poor Arnold is too scared to fall asleep. Heand#8217;s powerless to get rid of themand#8212;and they don't seem to be more scared of him than he is of them, no matter what his mother says.and#160;But even the most terrible, horrible monster has to be afraid of something, as Arnold eventually finds out in this empowering tale of harnessing the imagination andand#160;conquering nighttime fears.
"Dana's supercilious, selfish demeanor makes it clear that her behavior on her birthday is no different from her modus operandi on the other 364 days of the year. Imagine her surprise, then, when her most put-upon peer gives her a very large white elephant as a gift. 'Dana would not have given a birthday present to someone who called her an ickaborse and pinched her and ate the dessert out of her lunch.' But trying to be a conscientious pet owner results in sleepless nights and hungry days for Dana. Schneider (Tales for Very Picky Eaters) seems to draw inspiration from both O. Henry and Edward Gorey, with deadpan, dead-on writing and meticulously inked, elegantly styled watercolors (the lumbering pachyderm is quite a looker, its whiteness evoked through washes of icy pink and blue). What's more, he pulls off quite the hat trick: he serves justice, subtly (and quite cleverly) lets readers see another side to Dana, and brings the story to a close in a way that both makes amends and pays it forward, Gothic-style. Ages 6 9. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Full of subtle wordplay and outrageous humor, this full color earlyand#160;reader from Theodor Seuess Geiseland#160;Award-winner Josh Schneider offers a fresh, fun take on bullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
Itand#8217;s Danaand#8217;s birthday, so she can do what she likes. And what Dana likes to do is pinch. And call people names. And steal her classmatesand#8217; desserts. You probably know a kid like Dana. What can stop her from being so mean? In this story, itand#8217;s not what you might expect. Because sometimes, it takes a little creativity (and possibly a very large pet) to change a mean kidand#8217;s ways. Five short chapters with comical full-color illustrations offer a fresh, fun take on bullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
Another hilarious, over-the-top take on a universal childhood issue from Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner Josh Schneider, this full color 32-page picture book offers a fresh and reassuring look at nighttime fears.
About the Author
Josh Schneider is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters, The Meanest Birthday Girl, Bedtime Monsters, and Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover.andnbsp;His first book for Clarion, You'll Be Sorry, was named "Book That Provides Best Ammunition to Parents Weary of Warning Their Kids About Socking Their Siblings" by Publishers Weekly magazine. Josh lives in Chicago with his wife, Dana.