Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Review: Bumps In The Night

Those awful bumps in the night! Kids hear the strangest sounds when it is time for bed. Bumps In The Night, by Melaine Ryther, is a delightful picture book for pre-schoolers through early elementary graders. This book is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. The current price is $2.99.
Kids will love the rhyming text and the humorous illustrations in this story. The surprise ending will have them begging for more.

About The Author
Melaine Ryther is a professional freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of print and online magazines, including Boys' Life, National Geographic Kids, Stories for Children and many others.

Kindle Books For Young Children
Several months ago, I wrote an article about children's picture books for the Kindle. I am not saying that young children should be allowed to play with a Kindle like a toy, but I believe that this is a very appropriate way for a parent to spend some time reading and showing children what an electronic book reader is all about.

Bumps In The Night is a great fit for the Kindle. Each page displays a half-page illustration and four lines of rhyming text. The text has an easy rhythmic flow and kids will love the humorous illustrations.

The illustrations are compatible with the black-and-white Kindle screen. There is very good contrast and the details are easy to see. If you want to view the illustrations in color, you can download the Kindle for PC application and read the book on your computer.

An Enchanting Book For A Great Price
I really like the way Ms. Ryther includes the entire extended family in this book. Each family member (mother, father, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa...even the family dog) is responsible for one of the strange bumps in the night. The end of the story should encourage children to talk about those "bumps" that are not so easy to explain.

I have to warn parents that your child will not let you stop at reading this book just one time. You will be reading it over and over again...especially when it is time for bed.

Disclosure: Melaine Ryther sent me a complimentary digital copy of this book to read and review. Thank you!

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