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Go to Bed! (George and Ba) Hardcover – August 2, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: George and Ba
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564022447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564022448
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,296,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed with Virginia Miller's On Your Potty!

Ages 9 mo.-3 yr. Originally published in 1994, these volumes work better in their new, board-book format. Toddlers will easily identify with little bear, Ba (whose favorite word is "Nah!"), and big bear, George, who sometimes has to use his big voice to get Ba to pay attention. In Bed! Ba is not in the mood for sleep, but when George insists, "Go to bed!" Ba complies. Well, there has to be a bit of tickling and giggling first. In Potty! Ba insists he doesn't have to go, even after George says, "On your potty." But while playing outside, Ba gets the urge, and then experiences the big-boy feeling of using the potty--just in time. Miller's art is simple, expressive, and just the right size for young eyes. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

In the two bears' third appearance, George is trying to put little Bartholomew to bed, only to get a determined ``Nah!'' (``Ba's'' only word here) to each suggestion, query, or command. Even after George's ``big voice'' elicits compliance, Ba giggles and wriggles before he finally hugs and snuggles and falls asleep, breathing a last, soft ``Nah.'' Though limned in rougher, more schematic lines than Firth's, these bears are close cousins to Waddell's (Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?, 1992), reenacting with precision and charm another variation of the classic ritual. The simple, totally authentic dialogue and cozily expressive art are just right for two-year-olds like Ba. (Picture book. 1-3) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on October 25, 2003
Format: Board book
How long does it take a little bear named Bartholomew to get ready for bed? Long enough for a big gentle bear named George to finally pick him up and carry him off. The stall tactics continue in the bedroom, this time with "giggling" and "wiggling" and "cuddling" and "huggling". Author illustrator Virginia Miller wrote this after her first book about the little bear with the big name, On Your Potty, grew in popularity. She enhances her spare text (only 100 words) with illustrations outlined in wide pencil and colored with soft, earth-toned markers. Ba is now out of diapers, but does not seem to be out of his "Terrible Two" stage. This story is cute, but probably not our favorite Ba story. I recommend the book Bartholomew Bear, a collection of five toddler tales of the same lovable bear at a great price.
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WHen big daddy bear George informs litte Bartholomew (also known as "Ba"), that it's bedtime, he receives a chorus of "no's" that may sound very familiar to human counterparts. Virginia Miller shows us a range of Ba's emotions, defiant, sad, pleading, tantruming, and angry, as Ba continues to say "Nah!" to bed. The repetition of Nah, to Daddy, to himself, even to the bed, makes this a very funny book.

When Daddy lowers the boom and says "in a big voice," "Go to bed!" Bartholomew finally does, and, once, his resistance breaks, the sillies take over:

Bartholomew got into bed.

He gigled and wriggled, he hid and tiggled,

he cuddled and huggled, he snuggled and sighed.

There's still a whisper of negativity as Ba softly says "Nah," one last time. With an understanding smile (and maybe a little fatigue), George looks on as Ba finally goes to sleep--wit a smile on his face. A nice, non-preachy look at bedtime conflicts, with soft, simple illustrations, and the recognizable humor of the repeated "Nah!"
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Format: Board book
We acquired this book around our son's first birthday. We read it a few times then and he wasn't too interested. I wasn't impressed either. Fast forward 7 months, now our son is 19 months and thinks this book is so funny! He loves repeating the 'nah' and laughs at the silly little bear. It makes me smile watching our little guy get such a chuckle out of this book. The perfect book for those little boys entering the "no" stage!
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By iBeth on October 19, 2014
Format: Board book
A very cute, and very familiar, story of a toddler not wanting to go to bed. Bartholomew doesn't want to go to bed, and he delays and delays until George has to use his big voice. But when George takes a moment to snuggle with him, Bah settles down and goes to sleep.
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