From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3—Even readers who don't share their bed with a half dozen dogs will love this charming story about a family and their unusual sleeping arrangements. As bedtime begins (appropriately after storytime) everyone—Mom, Dad, two kids, and six dogs—falls asleep in the same big bed. Throughout the night, the pets do what they do best: sleep sideways, bark at things no one else can hear, and whine to go out, and then in (and then out, and then in, etc.). In the end, they are rearranged into more manageable groupings, and finally canines and people alike get some much-needed sleep. The exuberant, rhyming text delights the ear as the hilarious illustrations engage the eye in this kid- and dog-friendly tale. Fun for sharing with a group or one-on-one.—Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN
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“Dogs on the bed / Like logs on the bed / Bed hogs on the bed— / These dogs, these dogs!” A family’s bedtime preparations are interrupted by their determined dogs, who won’t stay off the bed and won’t give up easily: they “pout and they sigh,” prowl and howl, whine to go outside and then want to come back in. Still, they also offer affection and comfort (“As portable heat / They just can’t be beat”), and parents, kids, and pooches finally settle down to sleep snugly at last. The rousing rhymes and frequent refrains provide continuous, peppy entertainment, and the occasional altered rhythms will keep readers and listeners on their toes. The colorful, chaotic illustrations are filled with witty elements, especially the comically expressive dogs, crowded around kids and pillows for Mom’s bedtime story. A humorous and affectionate ode to the frustrations and joys of having dogs as pets and part of the family. Pair this with John Lithgow’s I Got Two Dogs (2008). Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld