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May 17, 2016

Sweet bedtime with fairy-tale villains

By Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Juli Kangas

Nighttime falls, and the villains from storybooks are tired and need to rest. Good Night, Baddies, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Juli Kangas, delights with a fanciful take on what monsters and “baddies” do at night.

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Nighttime falls, and the villains from storybooks are tired and need to rest. Good Night, Baddies, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Juli Kangas, delights with a fanciful take on what monsters and “baddies” do at night.

Fairy-tale creatures such as giants, wicked witches, big bad wolves, evil queens, dragons and trolls begin their evening at home by amicably sharing a civilized dinner, while chatting about their daily activities of blowing down houses or making poisoned apples. After dinner, these classic nasties go through regular bedtime routines of politely taking turns in the bathroom, having cleansing bubble baths and brushing their teeth.

Things get a little hairy when the giant is afraid that there might be a princess under his bed, but the witches check it out and give the all clear. A dragon relaxes with a glass of milk, kindly offered by a troll, and all the rogues like to read before bed.

Most of Kangas’ illustrations are vibrantly rendered in primary colors, but the baddies’ pajamas are in softer hues with comfy stripes, checks, hearts, polka dots and flowers. Several creatures have security items like blankies or stuffed animals. The overall effect is whimsical and charming, and not at all scary.

Children will enjoy the humorous text and rhythm of the book’s rhyming couplets. When kids recognize the “baddies” in this story from other tales, their enjoyment of Good Night, Baddies will soar. After all, even “baddies” have friends and can act differently at home.

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Good Night, Baddies

Good Night, Baddies

By Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Juli Kangas
Beach Lane
ISBN 9781481409841

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