‘Fan Art’ to Finished Product: Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz
Kids: in addition to being the beneficiary of children’s literature, they help to inspire their fair share of it too.
Take, for instance, Monsters Go Night-Night, the utterly fun, funny and (dare I say?) adorable new bedtime book by Aaron Zenz. All the monsters in the book were inspired by drawings Zenz’s young son made. Which he explains over at this Monsters Go Night-Night blog post.
This “fan art” to his son turned into the characters for Monsters Go Night-Night.
Then Zenz took it one step further, creating a Twitter account and hashtag (#MonstersGo) so that others could join in the fun of remixing his son’s monster drawings:
— Monsters Go (@Monsters_Go) July 20, 2016
A whole bunch of artists joined in:
— Adam Reed (@HiAdamReed) July 22, 2016
To help spread the word about his book, Zenz offered to Monsters Go Night-Night-ify some drawings made by my kids (ages three and six). I asked them. They were in. They got busy making some monsters. We sent them off to Mr. Zenz.
My three-year-old son created:
Here’s Aaron’s version of Bob:
Side by Side:
My six-year-old daughter created this furry guy:
And here’s Aaron’s version:
Side by Side:
Thank you Aaron Zenz for the fun!
The Monsters Go Night-Night Blog Tour continues . . .
Mon Aug 15 : Watch. Connect. Read.
Tues Aug 16 : 100 Scope Notes
Wed Aug 17 : Nerdy Book Club
Thu Aug 18 : Sharpread
Fri Aug 19 : All the Wonders
Sat Aug 20 : Playing by the Book
Sun Aug 21 : Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
Mon Aug 22 : A Fuse #8 Production
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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