Perfect Picture Book Friday-Time Out For Monsters

Yea! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday which is hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. After you read about my pick for today, you really should head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and check out all the fantastic Perfect Picture Book Selections! Each book is reviewed by a picture book -lovin’ reviewer, AND includes activities to go along with the book. You will find a handy list right HERE.

TIME_OUT_FOR_MONSTERS~~element19Time Out For Monsters

Written by Jean Reidy

Illustrated by Robert Neubecker

Disney-Hyperion 2012

Ages 3 – 7

Themes: Imagination, Monsters

Synopsis: (School Library Journal) “Directed to the time-out corner by a pointed finger, a boy contemplates ways to spruce up the place since he spends so much time there. How about a little color? A window?  Dinosaurs would be nice. A monster truck? Why the possibilities are endless when you use your imagination. And Mom will love it. A dragon big enough for a foldout, a dump truck full of ice cream, a throne, noisy fire engines, and lots and lots of cupcakes add to the fun. Alas, the pointed finger returns, this time with a bucket and cloth. Neubecker’s large, imaginative illustrations grab readers and hold on tight throughout this bright, bold romp.  Energetic and appealing to young artists everywhere, this one is a winner.” 

OpeningThere’s a corner in my house that needs some fixing up….
Mom says it’s fine, but I know better. I spend a lot of time there. It needs a little color…

Resources: Click HERE to view an amazingly comprehensive Curriculum Guide found on Jean Reidy’s website.

Why I Like This Book: Well, I’ve yet to meet a kid who hasn’t seen a little time out? The kid in this story seems very familiar with time out, and I love that he remodels his time out space…kind of like a kid taking over Home and Garden TV. The text and illustrations are perfectly matched as they should be in a picture book that begs to be read again and again. I’m a fan of books that explore imagination and this one delivers. It also delivers plenty of laughs, and as my readers know, creatively funny picture books are my very favorite kind. I’d love to tell you about the last page, but I’ll just whisper this little thing in your ear, “Wait! Who made those footprints?”

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a monstrously marvelous Friday!

32 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday-Time Out For Monsters

  1. This sounds like tons of fun, Penny! I love the idea of a kid remodeling his time out corner – so true, some of them do spend a lot of time there 🙂 Thanks for adding this one to our list!


  2. Great subject matter for a book for kids…what kid hasn’t spent at least a few minutes in a time-out. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one, Penny…I will try to grab a copy. My 5 year old grandson will surely appreciate it…although as soon as his mom starts the count (to three, I guess…but it never goes past 1), Jeremy is no longer misbehaving.:)


  3. Oh, I love Jean Reidy, but haven’t read this one. I hope our library has this. It is totally cracking me up. It reminds me of when my kids get a time out, and they go to their rooms and play happily with their toys. They are having too much fun but they are supposed to be “in trouble.”


  4. This book sounds like such fun! When I think of the corner I used to occasionally have to sit in (for no good reason, I’m sure… 😉 ) it could have used a little sprucing up!


  5. What a hilarious book. After spending a week overseas visiting my four young nephews I am well aware of the use of “time out.” Wish I knew about this book earlier. The boys would love it! Thanks, Penny!
    (ps you might be interested in my holiday blog-post coming up in a couple of days)


  6. Kids and their imaginations! A beautiful thing. I don’t spend much time in time out, but I know about spiffing up your space. I do try to do that and the Mom Person shakes her head a lot. This sounds like a really fun book. I’ll have to check it out!


  7. I love books that show a child using his/her imagination! What a great time-out activity. Kids will love the humor in this book. The cover is really great! Am envious of those who write humor well.


    1. Ok…since it’s down here in the comments, maybe not too many people will see this spoiler. Even though he’s drawn all the stuff on the wall there are monster footprints heading across the floor as if a real monster had been in the corner with him. It’s really cute!


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