Bedtime with Rollo
Got monsters? Kids scared of the dark? There's no need to fear, Rollo the NightSpryte is here!
Bedtime with Rollo introduces the first and only character specifically designed to help children conquer the age-old, common bedtime fears. Rollo empowers your little loved ones by helping them take control of their blossoming imaginations.Bedtime with Rollo is a fun-tastic, colorful, laugh-out-loud read, and a monster-free room... that's guaranteed.
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When my 5 year old son first laid eyes on this book and the stuffed Rollo toy he ran to the booth, we were at the Orange County Children's Book Fair, grabbed hold of Rollo and hugged him tight. My husband and I had told him and his sister they could each buy one book and we still had half of the fair to see, but this did not matter to our son. He had found his treasure.
We calmed him down and the very nice people working the booth, let us sit down with him and read through the book. My husband, a life-long comic book fan, found the word balloon flow 'ingenious' for a children's book and loved the anime style. We both loved the story, especially the distinct characters who gave the book a little edge or attitude not found in typical mass published bedtime stories. The kids in the story are very real, question everything and the little girl, Gabby, even cops a little 'tude with the star of the tale, Rollo.
As for Rollo, he makes dealing with the idea of monsters fun. He's not a boring Pooh-like character but a showman following in the footsteps of some of my childhood favorite cartoon characters, like Bugs Bunny or The Cat in the Hat.
We laughed and giggled through our first read and were very surprised to find such a gem from such a small publisher. We asked our son if he was sure that Rollo was his big buy for the day even though we could see everything else and still come back for him, but his mind was made up. We then found out one of the authors was there and he signed the book to our son. We bought the set and then my daughter, 11 years old, asked how much the toy was. They were selling the set together, but she thought he was adorable and wanted one. Believe it or not, they told her she could just have one. We did not want to just take one but they insisted. I guess there are still some people who'd rather make a smile over a buck.
Of course, after relying on this book as part of our regular nightly rotation of reads, we hope they will make the bucks, too, and hope by posting this review we can help in some small way.
They took a simple yet untouched concept and executed it in a remarkably entertaining way. Can't wait for more from you!