Go to Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn & illus. by Ashley Spires

It’s no secret that kids will try anything to put off going to bed each night — and the struggle is just as real for monster parents.

At least, that’s the premise behind the charming and spookily perfect bedtime book, Go to Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn & illustrated by Ashley Spires.

The book follows an assortment of ghouls and monsters as they get ready for bed — vampires and werewolves, ghosts and sea creatures — all of them find excuses to put off going to sleep.

They are struggles any parent will relate to: one more cuddle, a drink of water, another story, etc. Anyone paying close attention will see the universal feelings of so many exhausted parents reflected in the illustrations. (Honestly, the zombie parents look eerily similar to just regular parents!)

This line, in particular, I think will strike a nerve:

I’ll always love you, to the grave.
But frankly, dear, it’s sleep I crave.

But as much as parents will get a kick out of this book — so, too, will their kids. The illustrations, though depicting Halloween-worthy creatures, are charming and sweet. And the sentiments are relatable enough for kids to get a giggle out of comparing the situations to their own little lives.

This adorably spooky picture book is a delight to read out loud, and definitely sets the perfect tone for bedtime reading. Go to Sleep, Little Creep is in stores today. Here is the official synopsis:

A rhyming picture book with humor and heart that’s a wonderful bedtime addition for the “little monster” in your life. Includes illustrations from bestselling author/illustrator Ashley Spires of The Most Magnificent Thing.

Even monsters have to go to sleep. But before little trolls turn out the light and werewolves settle in to dream, there’s fur to be brushed, pajamas to find, and moons that need howling. So grab your cuddly critter and snuggle in for this new bedtime tradition.

Debut storyteller David B. Quinn teams up with bestselling author/illustrator Ashley Spires to create a wondrously funny and supremely sweet picture book sure to charm little creeps who aren’t quite ready to fall asleep.

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  1. Lauren – thanks for recommending our book — as a dad, I’m so glad you got what we’re going for! I wrote this, my first picture book in 30 years of writing, to demonstrate my passion for the way rhyming words and vivid pictures can work together to tell a story that cuts directly to the reader’s emotions. Hopefully, Ashley and I succeeded and parents and children will be discovering the love of reading TOGETHER for many years! – David Quinn

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