Hush Now, Banshee! A Not-So-Quiet Counting Book by Kyle Sullivan & Derek Sullivan monster kidlit children's book monsters book review

KidLit Book Review: Hush Now, Banshee! A Not-So-Quiet Counting Book by Derek Sullivan and Kyle Sullivan


Everyone is enjoying quiet time, but little Banshee just wants to have fun the only way she knows how: Loudly. Join Banshee as she counts her way through the Irish landscape in the noisiest counting book in the land. It’s gonna be a blast: You can count on it.


  • Title: Hush Now, Banshee! A Not-So-Quiet Counting Book
  • Series: Hazy Dell Press Monster Series
  • Author: Kyle Sullivan
  • Illustrator: Derek Sullivan
  • Publisher: Hazy Dell Press
  • ISBN: 0996578757
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2018
  • For Ages: 1-7
  • Category: Board Book
  • Spooky-Scary or Spooky-Fun? 🎃 Fun.

I’d like to thank Hazy Dell Press for providing an advance copy via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.


Welcome back to Spooky KidLit’s Hazy Dell Press Monster Series Appreciation Corner!

Hush Now, Banshee! is a delightful board book that uses a creative assortment of monstrous creatures including ghosts, trolls, and bog monsters and clever, rollicking rhymes to teach young children how to count. It’s hard to pick a favorite creature, but I’m awfully fond of the fairy warriors:

Hush Now, Banshee! monster book kidlit book review board book

I love Derek Sullivan’s art style. It’s cartoony and sweet, and he adds the perfect level of detail to his illustrations. Banshee’s character design is adorable. She’s cheery, playful, and perpetually excited, and Sullivan conveys her emotions wonderfully through subtle changes to his clean, simple lines.

Hush Now, Banshee! monster book kidlit book review board book

One of my favorite parts of the book is when the other creatures ask Banshee for some quiet time and invite her to count to 10. Ironically, counting books don’t always take the time to slow down and just count. There are rhymes and pictures and jokes in between all the numbers, which is fabulous, but there’s not always a lot of connection between the numbers themselves. So it’s refreshing to have a moment in the book for kids to simply count along, and I appreciate the challenge presented by counting backwards.

Hush Now, Banshee! monster book kidlit book review board book

Banshee’s irrepressible joy and affection for her friends makes this book incredibly fun to read. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and kids will love counting along with her. They’ll love shouting along with her too, but the end of the story will show that even banshees need quiet time.

Hazy Dell Press has another winner on its hands with Hush Now, Banshee!, which stands out from the crowd with its creative rhymes and characters and delightful artwork. This is a charming, hilarious counting book that’s sure to be a favorite among kids and adults alike.


I really love those fairy warriors. I give this book 5 out of 5 coffins.

5 Coffins

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