FIFTY BELOW ZERO by Robert Munsch was originally published in 1992. This board book is an adaptation of the original. While the intended audience for the original story is 4-7 years, the intended audience for the board book has dropped to 2-5 years.
Basically, when looking solely at the text and pictures of this adaptation, I don’t get the point. It does bring questions to mind. For example, why does it matter that the boy’s dad kept waking him up with his sleep-walking, and why did it no longer wake the boy up once it woke his mom up? Why didn’t it wake her up earlier? Also, the young main character seems too small to be able to drag his dad inside and put him in the bath, etc. To me, these aren’t “suspend disbelief” questions to be answered with a child young enough to relate to the book’s picture book format.
From the publisher:
Another bestselling Munsch classic now available as a board book.
Jason’s dad falls asleep everywhere… except in his own bed. All night long, Jason gets woken up by strange noises that lead him to find his dad in the most unexpected places — from on top of the refrigerator to the freezing cold woods outside his house. In order to finally get a good night’s sleep, Jason musters up all of his resources and comes up with a most unexpected solution — tying his dad’s toe to the bathroom doorknob to keep him in place.
Now available as a simplified, toddler-friendly board book with revised art by Michael Martchenko, this story will delight young children discovering it for the first time.
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Board book: 22 pages
Publisher: Annick Press; Brdbk edition (June 13, 2013)