August 7th, 2008


WATCHERS by W. Lyon Martin

While getting ready for bed, a young child hatches a plan to finally catch the monsters hiding in his room at night. He rigs a trap and keeps his eyes open, while five pairs of eyes creep closer and closer. The bag above his bed falls, and he’s caught them!

But instead of icky monsters, he finds a set of fairies, each one with their own talent. With five new friends to watch over him, now he can fall asleep knowing that he’s safe.

This sweet bedtime tale with beautiful imagery is based on a poem given to the illustrator’s friend, Kelley, by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Now, Kelley sings the poem as a lullaby to her own children.

Perfect for the child who’s afraid of the dark, this book will give reassurance that gentle creatures will always watch over them and keep the scary things away.

This review originally posted in the Kids Read, Too section of

SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton

Poor Splat is so worried about his first day at Cat School. His tail twitches all over, and he does whatever he can to delay. Before his mother manages to drag him out of the house, he slips his pet mouse, Seymour, into his lunchbox, figuring that at least he’ll have a friend on what is sure to be a scary day.

When Splat gets to school, his round and kind teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, and his new classmates all make him feel welcome. Splat asks a lot of questions, but he finds out just how amazing his species can be. One cardinal rule that Mrs. Wimpydimple teachers them is that “cats chase mice.”

At lunchtime, chaos breaks loose when Seymour escapes the lunchbox, and Splat’s classmates do what cats do. With Seymour’s help, Splat can teach his fellow cats a few new tricks, and even save the day.

This lovingly detailed book shows a lot of personality in its illustrations, and was an absolute joy to read. I’m sure that reading it aloud with a child would be even more fun!

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