Turning the tables on being afraid of monsters, the young monster in this story – Billy – is afraid of children. The book explores common night time fears in reverse, such as imagining shadows as children or fearing children are behind the curtains or in cupboards. These things give the little monster a sleepless night and mean his dad has to come in again and again to tell him everything is alright and that “there are no such thing as children”, they are all in his head. At the end of the story Billy asks, “but if there was such thing as children…do you suppose they might be scared of monsters?” To which Dad replies, “Who could possibly be scared of us?” On the final page there is an illustration of eight different children who are in their own beds all scared at night time too! A reassuring message for a child reading this story with mum or dad to know that lots of people feel exactly the same as him.
Lots of pictures of monsters but monsters are obviously friendly and live life much the same as we do.