Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: A. H. Benjamin
Illustrator: Merel Eyckerman
A young boy is playing with his toy trains when he suddenly hears a growl. He continues to hear this terrible growl as he goes through his evening routine of dinner, reading, and getting ready for bed. The growl’s source is a mystery and his imagination comes up with several possibilities. Could it be a bear, an ogre, a dragon, or a space creature? The person responsible ends up being his baby sister, who growls as a way to ask for her toy dinosaur.
Our young protagonist is a very relatable character. How often do children, and even adults, let their imagination run wild? Questions on each page provide opportunities for the audience to be creative and come up with their own ideas of who could be growling and what they want. The illustrations are created in a whimsical color palette and style. The combination of beautiful illustrations with the text means this book lends itself wonderfully to be read aloud at bedtime.