Image: Krampus wears a Santa hat and holds a candy cane behind him against a reddish-orange background with holly sprigs on either side. Text: Goodnight Krampus. Derek Sullivan & Kyle Sullivan."

KidLit Book Review: Goodnight Krampus by Derek Sullivan & Kyle Sullivan


Synopsis

Not a creature was stirring…except the mischievous Krampus who’s too excited to sleep! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has a lot on his plate, but his biggest challenge is convincing little Krampus to go to bed. Brimming with holiday cheer, this is one bedtime story that’s good for goodness’ sake.


Details

  • Title: Goodnight Krampus
  • Series: Hazy Dell Press Monster Series
  • Author: Kyle Sullivan
  • Illustrator: Derek Sullivan
  • Cover Artist: Derek Sullivan
  • Publisher: Hazy Dell Press
  • ISBN: 0996578722
  • 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 a copy via Edelweiss+ for review consideration.


Review

Goodnight Krampus is a delightful Christmas board book and another stellar entry in the Hazy Dell Press Monster Series. In a story that will be very familiar to many kids and parents, Krampus is too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve. Santa Claus must convince him to go to bed, which doesn’t take too long once Krampus realizes that he has to sleep so that Santa can deliver his presents. It’s a sweet, simple story that stands out from the crowd thanks to the unique illustrations and quirky humor characteristic of Kyle and Derek Sullivan’s work.

Image: Santa looks on in shock as Krampus rides a toy train through the workshop. Text: "I'm too excited to sleep! Let's have fun instead! There's so much to do besides going to bed!"
Image: Santa looks on in shock as Krampus rides a toy train through the workshop. Text: “I’m too excited to sleep! Let’s have fun instead! There’s so much to do besides going to bed!”

Derek Sullivan gives his trademark color palette a festive update, filling the pages with bright reds, yellows, and greens that manage to create a lively holiday atmosphere while also retaining his typical soothing tones. Kyle Sullivan’s rhymes are fun with a soft, lovely cadence, making this a perfect book to read to little ones who are having trouble going to sleep during the holidays. This version of Krampus is adorable (and far more kind-hearted than his dark folkloric origins would lead you to expect). His enthusiasm is hilarious, as he accidentally wakes up the Yeti, elves, and narwhals yes, you read that right…this is Hazy Dell, after all when he bids them goodnight after he finally decides to turn in for the evening.

Image: In two nighttime scenes illustrated in shades of blue, Krampus shouts happily at four narwhals in water and a Yeti in a bed in the forest. Text: "Goodnight narwhals! and goodnight yeti!"
Image: In two nighttime scenes illustrated in shades of blue, Krampus shouts happily at four narwhals in water and a Yeti in a bed in the forest. Text: “Goodnight narwhals! and goodnight yeti!”

Goodnight Krampus is a must-have board book for children who celebrate Christmas. Its charming story and sweetly mischievous artwork will delight kids and let them know that sleep is very important, especially if you want Santa to bring you presents on Christmas morning. Hazy Dell Press continues to put out children’s books of the highest quality, and I hope to see more holiday books (especially Halloween, of course) from them in the future.


Rating

More kids’ Krampus books, please! I give this book 5 out of 5 coffins.

5 Coffins


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