Street Monsters

Street Monsters
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Kevin Barry
Publisher Name
Sleeping Bear Press
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Release Date
August 15, 2023
‎ 978-1534112728
It's a snowy winter's night in the city. The bedroom lights are off and it's time to settle down to sleep. But wait! What's that? Strange and scary sounds are coming from the streets outside. What can be making these sounds? Are monsters coming? Don't worry! All will soon be revealed. These monsters aren't here to frighten. They are here to help. Through rhyming text and atmospheric artwork, young readers can first imagine what might be making these mysterious sounds. Then a turn of the page identifies the actual "monsters"--vehicles and equipment like snowplows and garbage trucks--that help keep a city running smoothly. And now that all is well, it's time to go to bed! This clever concept is based on a bedtime ritual the author used with her own grandchildren to assuage their nighttime fears.

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A young boy hears frightening sounds outside his window in the city as he goes to bed. His father helps him see that there are no monsters, just different trucks and vehicles that help the city run smoothly and explains their purpose. The illustrations do a great job of showcasing the monster on one page and then the vehicle making the sound on the next. The maroon, black, and white sets the atmosphere for this book to great effect. In the back of the book are pictures and fun facts about the vehicles of the city making this suitable for younger children.
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