I used to love these books as a kid and I still have them. I looked up one of the books on Amazon because I wanted to see if the main character in the book had a name and was going to see if merchandise (like a stuffed toy) was sold.
When I saw that someone gave the book a one-star rating, I just had to go see what they said. Obviously, it's a (ridiculous) sign of the times:
I'm a huge fan of Mercer Mayer's books and they are always a huge hit around the house except for this one. This was is about the little one doing just about anything not to go to bed by pretending to be and do various things, with the father just replying "Just go to bed", nothing more. I felt it was very outdated in that the father just barks orderes and no explainations or further communication. I guess I expected the book to have the parent explain or demonstrate in a crafty way why it is important for wee ones to rest or prepare for bedtime. Nothing of the sort here. This book is a dud in my opinion with so many missed opportunities to educate and amuse children and parents. You can find much better books out there to help with bed time rituals.
Or this one:
I bought this book sight unseen, and boy, what a mistake. Every page has a bad message. The little boy monster plays with a toy gun, shoots aliens with a ray gun, attacks a boat, and there is violent imagery throughout. The dad yells at the boy, and then lets him eat cookies before bed. I realize I sound like a total prude, but there are plenty of books out there that don't focus on fighting and shooting. My husband wants to throw it away, but I think I can put stickers over the gun images and paste some better text over the violent passages. Before I stopped reading it to my daughter, I would change the words when reading it aloud - instead of using a ray gun to shoot the alien, he was "using his sensor to scan the alien". But that got tiresome.
Sheesh! It's a kids book!