We’ve all been there – you wake up in the middle of the night and it’s dark, and quiet and then – bump! You grip the blankets tighter because…something is out there. But when Matilda goes searching for the source of the bump in the night she finds some funny surprises.
It is common for kids to be scared of the dark and night, but A Bump in the Night by Amberin Huq shows that our imagination is sometimes a lot more frightening than reality. When curious Matilda ventures from her bed late at night to see what is making noise she finds what we all fear in that moment – a monster! But then we find the monster is called Mr Snuffles. Maybe he is not so scary, in fact he might be on an important mission and Matilda can help.
I love the comic-style illustrations of this book that give it a fresh look and make it so much fun to read. Australian author Amberin Huq uses humour to explore the fears and concerns that all kids have around bedtime. There are characters that we know from traditional fiction presented in a fresh and fun new way, and Matilda is inspiring as a fearless main character.
Amberin is certainly an author worth keeping an eye on – she has a distinct and modern style that kids are sure to love. You can find A Bump in the Night online at Five Mile Press for $20 plus $5 flat rate shipping anywhere in Australia.
Five Mile Press are really churning out the hits this year in Australian children’s fiction. You might also want to check out Chip! and Archie – No Ordinary Sloth.