|Bedtime for sweet creatures|
Author: Grimes, Nikki
A beloved and very sleepy little boy resists his mother's efforts to put him to bed.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 509359
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/01/20)
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Booklist - 11/15/2019 *Starred Review* Grimes and Zunon have created an adorable and imaginative bedtime story to add to collections for young children. Narrated by the mother of curly-headed child in red, footed pajamas, the familiar saga of getting an unwilling child into bed unfolds. As the petite main character tries to avoid going to sleep, Mom endeavors to turn bedtime into a fun activity. The house becomes a wilderness, with the child roaring like a lion in protest and loping, antelope-like, down the hall, as Mom kneels on the forest floor (green carpet) to check for monsters under the bed. Koala hugs and a fox-sly dash for one last drink of water also make appearances. Packed with phrases children will know, such as “No!” “I love you,” “I’m not sleepy,” and “Once upon a time,” young readers or listeners will recognize themselves in this accessible book’s pages. Zunon uses various styles and materials in collaged spreads that boast bold colors, a menagerie of animals, and traditional African patterns to convey the story’s childlike spirit of adventure. The mother’s loving understanding is demonstrated by how she works with her child’s rich imagination, never slipping into admonishment. As such, children will engage with the pajama-clad tot’s antics and be soothed by the book’s positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-K—In this exceptionally well-done title, readers follow a young child on a before-bed adventure. The book opens with a toddler shouting "No! No! No!" It continues, "You beat the word like a drum the minute I say, 'Come, sweet creature. It's bedtime.'" The gorgeous illustrations are from the child's perspective. For example, when the child answers their mother, the lyrical text says their eyes get big as an owl's. On the opposite page and part of the adjacent page are three large yellow-and-orange owls. Other items encountered on this bedtime routine are a large green, blue, and yellow bear; a forest scene; a snake; a giant pink-and-orange lion in bed; a blue-and-green fawn; a green-and-pink squirrel; and more. The words and the art are perfectly matched: when getting tucked in, the child, who is beside the large imaginary colorful lion, tells her mom to check underneath the bed for something vicious. Mom says, "I kneel on the forest floor, find something wild and ferocious." Underneath the bed is a small gray-and-white kitty. The text reads, "Meow." The illustrations and execution of this title give it a fresh approach to a subject that resonates with families raising small children. VERDICT Highly recommended for public and school libraries. The creative illustrations will appeal to parents who struggle with keeping children in bed at night. This is also an excellent choice for a bedtime storytime or other programs.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.