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Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop by Kitty Crowther
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bookshelves: san-francisco-br, kids

Jeremy is afraid of the dark and has a hard time sleeping alone, so a series of strange noises in the night sends him back to his parents’ bed over and over again. His dad repeatedly downplays the noises until he hears them for himself, and then it’s up to the two frogs to solve the mystery of the mysterious noises together.

Author and illustrator Kitty Crowther has been creating picture books for children for many years, and her latest, “Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop!” is certain to be well-loved by youngsters and parents everywhere. Fear of the dark, especially of the strange sounds heard at nighttime, happens to many children at some point in time or another, and Crowther delves into this topic with understanding and empathy. Children will identify with Jeremy’s need to stretch bedtime out as long as possible, as well as the way he feels most secure when nestled into bed beside his parents. Parents will see themselves in those extra hugs and kisses, the mild exasperation over repeated trips back to bed. Crowther’s illustrations stand out from the bright colors and smooth lines so prevalent in many modern children’s books; hers are pencil drawings that add extra depth to the emotions of the story, with colors that truly capture the scenes. This is a fun book that may be helpful to families everywhere that struggle with fear of the dark.

(Review originally written for San Francisco Book Review.)

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Started Reading
September 22, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 25, 2015 – Shelved as: san-francisco-br
September 25, 2015 – Shelved
April 1, 2016 – Shelved as: kids

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