'A playful nod to difficult mornings'. -- Kirkus
'A spot-on depiction of what it's like to wake up on the wrong side of the bed!' -- Publishers Weekly
'Ruan van Vliet's work is full of humour. Recommend exploring more from @cicadabooks too'. -- Matthew Tobin-Klaus Flugge Prize Judge 2021
'A fun riff on a child's fear of monsters'. -- The AOI
'Full of superb artwork and with a playful storyline, this is yet another brilliant publication from Cicada Books'. -- Paper Ren
'A fun story to share with those who may find mornings a bit of a trial. Superb illustrations throughout!' -- My Shelves Are Full
Mornings are never easy - especially when the monsters from last night's dreams want to stay and play!
Bartholomew struggles to get himself ready as the monsters from last night's dreams sabotage the most simple of morning routines. A vast purple monster sits on his chest, making it hard to get up. A slug monster slimes his clothes, so he can't get dressed. Brushing teeth, eating breakfast, and even going to the toilet all present challenges as the monsters mess around at Bartholomew's expense. Will Bartholomew's dad ever manage to get him out the door?
Hilarious illustrations bring Bartholomew's frustration and befuddlement alive in this deceptively simple story that anyone who is not a morning person is bound to relate to.
About the Author
Ruan van Vliet is a Dublin-based illustrator whose bright, smudgy artwork is distinctively expressive and absurdist. His self-initiated projects include clothing, paintings and animation. His clients include KT, Vans and Noble Rot, as well as countless independent music labels. Sophie Berger is a recent English graduate from Australia, whose writing has been published on Mama Mia and other influential blogs.