My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiend
Judith Viorst, Kay Chorao
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 1, 1973)
MY MAMA SAYS... Maybe there isn't any mean-eyed monster with long slimy hair and pointy claws going scritchyscratch, scritchy-scritchy-scratch outside his window. And maybe there isn't a Thing in his yard, coming to swallow him up. His Mama says there positively aren't. But...sometimes even Mamas make mistakes. Yes, once she said there wasn't any cream cheese for his sandwich, and then he found it underneath the lettuce. And once she said his tooth would fall out Thursday, and then it stayed till Sunday after lunch. And once he told her chocolate nut and she brought back rum raisin. Yes...sometimes even Mamas make mistakes. And so, when his Mama says that no creature is reaching out its hand, to pinch him or squinch him or push him or squush him or worse, can he believe her? For lots of times a Mama makes mistakes. But when it comes to demons and fiends and other bedtime terrors, sometimes even Mamas can be trusted.