Every night, when the owl hoots and the shadows
of the trees dance on the walls, the Night Monster,
creeps into Avi’s room and frightens him.
One day, his sister suggests he write a letter to the
monster and Avi’s nights are not the same anymore.
Avi is a brave boy by the day but he is scared of a monster who comes in the night. He confides in her sister who suggests to him to make a drawing of the monster and lock it up in a box so that his fear disappears forever. This does not work for Avi and he continues to stay frightened in the night. HIs sister further advises him to write letters to the Night Monster.
Every night, Avi writes letters to this Monster about how he scares Avi with the hoot hoot sounds, blowing of the curtains, the shadows etc. And, every morning he finds a letter in reply from the Night Monster under his pillow explaining that he has no intentions to scare Avi. Gradually, Avi’s fear vanishes. He is no longer afraid.
Is there really a Night Monster? Who reads Avi’s letters and writes back replies to him?
What I liked
- The book’s appeal is at par with the International quality with respect to the illustrations, design and layout. This is something which I have not come across in Indian picture book titles, until now.
- Most of the illustrations depict a top view of Avi and his activities thus creating a haunted effect of the night watching over Avi from a distance.
- The storyline has an element of mystery which keeps the children and the adults hooked on till the end.
- The book makes a nice attempt to turn the scary noises of the night into a child’s friends.
What D liked
He loved reading Avi’s letters in a meek voice and getting answers from the Monster in my voice.
What D questioned?
What if the Night Monster didn’t know how to read and write? Then how would they have talked to each other?
This book is worth a buy if you have a young child at home who is afraid of the dark night and see the magic of this story dispelling the fears.
This book is worth a buy even if you don’t have a frightened child to bask in the brilliance of this picture book.
Author: Sushree Mishra
Illustrator: Sanket Petkhar
Release Year: First published in 2016
Publisher: Karadi Tales (India)
Age group: 4 – 7 years
Available on: Amazon India
This book is a part of my own collection and was bought from an event.