Knock! Knock! Knock! Who’s There?
A bear is in bed sleeping. But there is a knock on the door. The big bear isn’t sure what could be knocking at the door so automatically calls, “Who’s there?” But there are a few crazy responses leading the bear to believe that some sort of monster (a ghost, an ogre, a were wolf, or a witch) are waiting outside. The bear resolves to not open the door…until he hears his friend telling him to open up. Once the bear opens the door it is revealed that the friend has indeed brought many monster friends with him to the bears house for dinner.
This is a funny story. Mostly because of the crazy monsters really being there at the end of the story. However, some youngsters that I read this book to thought that there should be more of a joke after each exchange of “knock! knock!” (Although they did like the “joke” that the monsters really were there at the end.) But why in the world would they all be coming for dinner when the bear was obviously in bed sleeping? I guess monsters keep late hours. For the youngsters who are afraid of monsters, this is a good book because the small bear is the one that has all the monster friends. And the big bear is the one that hides all over the place. Also, there really isn’t anything all that scary. So it feels like a good monster book without the major scare-factors that often come with them. So, if kiddos are looking for a good Halloween book that isn’t the typical Halloween book (and therefore probably not checked out the Monday before Halloween), this might be the Halloween monster book for you.
What to do after reading this book:
Tell a few knock knock jokes.
Draw a picture of a monster or two.
Pretend like you are sleeping and have a friend “wake you up” by being a monster.
Think of a monster and give clues as to what monster it is. Have a friend guess what monster you are thinking of.
Make a meal fit for a bunch of monsters.
North South, 2013
FORMAT: Picture Book