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Publishers Weekly Review
A scary storybook inspires Kipper to go camping in Kipper's Monster by Mick Inkpen, but when the frightened pup drops his flashlight, the image of a tiny snail seems supersized. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-K-Another Kipper tale that's sure to please young listeners. The pup and his friend Tiger are so eager to try out a new flashlight in the dark that they head to the woods to spend the night in a tent. As Kipper reads from his scary book, "Deep in the middle of the dark, dark wood, there lived a horrible-," the two are frightened first by the screech of an owl and then by a terrifying shadow on the tent. While Tiger squeals in alarm, brave Kipper investigates, only to find that the shadow was caused by the flashlight shining on a small snail. They go home and read the rest of the story, safely ensconced in Tiger's bedroom. Bright, simple illustrations surrounded by plenty of white space give the book a light, airy, uncomplicated quality. Children will relate to the animals' fear and will share in their relief. A good choice for storyhours.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
Dogs Tiger and Kipper decide to take the formerÆs new flashlight on a camping trip but donÆt anticipate their fear of the nightÆs noises and shadows. Their solution? They set up their tent in TigerÆs bedroom. ThereÆs nothing original here, but these prim-sounding friends (Shall I bring my book?), their attachment to stuffed animals, and InkpenÆs tidy illustrations are charming. From HORN BOOK Fall 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Inkpen's Kipper is gladsome enough that it is never a problem to have him around, and Inkpen has such a light touch he never feels intrusive, but this contribution to things that go bump in the night feels awfully timeworn. Kipper's friend Tiger (who is actually a dog) has a brand-new flashlight. It does all sorts of neat things in the dark, and it is not long before Tiger thinks it might be good fun to camp out in the woods, where it will be "really, really dark." Well, it sounds good in the middle of the day, but Tiger soon discovers that night can get really, really, really dark, with lots of creepy sounds as well. Add to that scenario some scary reflections, and you have reason enough to set the tent up in Tiger's bedroom and give the woods back to the night. Though both Kipper and Tiger learn the sources of their fears, and hence dispel the boogies for the young reader, there is none of Inkpen's usual unconventional slant, nothing to recommend this version of the scared-of-the-dark tale over scores of others. Except, of course, that it's Kipper. (Picture book. 3-7)