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‘Fan Art’ to Finished Product: Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

Monsters Go Night Night

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.

Monsters 1

Monsters 2

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:

A whole bunch of artists joined in:

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:

Bob by Aaron Zenz

Side by Side:

Bob by Aaron Zenz

My six-year-old daughter created this furry guy:

Mr. Fancy

Mr. Fancy.

And here’s Aaron’s version:

Mr. Fancy by Aaron Zenz

Side by Side:

Mr. FancyMr. Fancy by Aaron Zenz

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

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.