I was a big reader growing up. Still am. BIG READER! I hope that the boys learn to love to read as much as me. One of the biggest challenges of loving to read is picking a favorite book. So many to choose from. Some of my favorites growing up were The Root Cellar, Summer Pony, Key to the Treasure, The Bear's Toothache, The Pink Motel, and Z for Zachariah. But I decided to go with the book I loved so much that I stole it. Or at least hid it. You see, it was a library book. And I just couldn't quite bare to return it. So it "disappeared" when I was about 5 years old.
Good Night Orange Monster is about a little boy named Ken who is afraid that a monster lives in his closet.
Indeed, there IS a monster in Ken's closet and his name is Moogi.
Every night Ken refuses to go to bed. He begs his mom for another drink of water.
Around Christmas, Ken's mom hides his presents in the closet, since she knows he is too afraid to go in there. Moogi finds the presents, which include a monster making machine.
While Moogi's mom knits him a spider web quilt, Moogi spends the nights making monsters even though the machine fills the closet with smoke.
This all works out just fine until Christmas. Ken just loves his new monster making machine, and tries so hard to make a monster that looks like Moogi. Meanwhile, Moogi is totally bummed that his machine is gone. So when Ken is sleeping, Moogi sneaks out to use the machine in the middle of the night.
As you might guess, Ken and Moogi end up being friends and making monsters together.
Until Moogi's father decides he is too old and comes to take him off to live in caves and castles.
Totally awesome, fanciful monster book. It's long out of print, but you can still find them sometimes on Ebay. It's worth the price :-)
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