Friday, September 20, 2013

MOMMY'S LITTLE MONSTER by Dawn McNiff, illustrated by Kate Willis-Crowley

Lexile     AD540          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 157761 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Tiny Troll love his mommy.  More than puddles.  More than earwigs (ew!).  So Tiny Troll is very upset when he finds out Mommy is going to an adult party and he has to stay home with a babysitter.  "I'm NOT a baby!" he yells.  Mommy is firm and when the time comes for her to leave, Tiny Troll refuses to kiss her good-bye. She blows him a kiss and slips out the door with a wistful look.

Tiny Troll throws himself at the door, wailing, "MOMMY!"  The babysitter, Mrs. Hag, offers him some mudmilk, one of Tiny Troll's favorite treats.  But Tiny Troll is in tantrum mode and yells "NO!" and flings his toy against the wall.  Mrs. Hag ignores the tantrum and tells him she will be in the swamp room (kitchen) if he needs her.  He throws himself to the floor, crying and slapping the door with his tail.

Suddenly he smells a good smell - MUDMILK!  And he really does love mudmilk.  He peeks into the swamp room and asks, "Does mudmilk make crying go away?" to which Mrs. Hag replies that she believes it does.  He snuggles down with Mrs. Hag and she reads him a favorite story while he sips his milk, getting VERY sleepy. Mrs. Hag tucks Tiny Troll in and when he wakes up, Mommy is home and has brought him a treat from the party.  Tiny Troll decides it isn't so bad when Mommy goes out and drifts back to sleep content.

How hard is it when we leave our babies with a sitter for the very first time?  I was awful, crying the first block and nearly turning around.  I cut my night short, only to, like Mommy Troll, find my daughter content and sleeping.

Mommy's Little Monster shows children that it isn't so bad to stay with a sitter and that, despite their fear that she won't, Mommy comes home.  The story is amusing, with Mommy Troll getting ready for the party by curling her bristles and moisturizing with frog slime.  The illustrations are colorful and fun, from Tiny Troll in his cute little striped pajamas, hugging his stuffed slug, to the extra-itchy cotton balls and jar of nappy cream in the bathroom cabinet.

Mommy's Little Monster is a great addition to any little one's reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Mommy's Little Monster can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.