Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Juli Kangas

Published by Beach Lane Books


Summary:  The title page shows three pigs cowering in their house, while the wolf leans against a tree, yawning.  Next up is Jack, chased by a sweating, exhausted giant.  Clearly it’s time for the villains to get some rest.  They gather together for the night, surprisingly kind for one another, to eat dinner and get ready for bed.  Rumpelstiltskin could go for a bedtime story; the three billy goats’ troll needs a long bath.  Finally, it’s time to crawl under the covers.  A witch checks under the giant’s bed to reassure him that there are no princesses hiding there.  Then finally, “Underneath a starry sky/sing a baddie lullaby.  Day will bring more evil schemes/Good night, baddies…sour dreams!”  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The rhyming text, illustrations, and entire idea behind this book are all very funny and cleverly executed.  Kids will enjoy identifying the classic fairy tale associated with each villain, and may be reassured to see that the “baddies” are really not so bad after all.

Cons:  What evil role does the cute little mouse (rat?) play?

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