I really thought this was going to be a cute book, but was horrified that Frances' father threatened her with a spanking if she didn't go to bed (even though she was simply scared to sleep alone in her room and only wanted the comfort of her parents). Child abuse in a child's book? No thanks. Furthermore, Frances is terrified when she hears a moth flapping it's wings against her window, which she associates with the sound of a spanking and which she falls asleep to. Sad that even a fictitious character is traumatized by spanking, even sadder that child abuse is condoned in a child's book.