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It's Bedtime! Hardcover – April 1, 2002

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PreSchool-Grade 2-It's bedtime, and Ben does not want to sleep alone. His mother suggests toys that he might take with him to bed, including Teddy, Minnie the cuddly stuffed cat, Bingo the dog, the colorful clown, and Davy doll. However, none of them satisfy him. When he says which toy he does want, his mother is shocked, but Ben has an explanation: the devilish creature is "very terrible-and strong and mean." Weninger's spare text and Marks's vivid, full-page illustrations perfectly depict bedtime rituals. Children will identify with the boy's logic that a scary toy will keep him safe from ghosts and monsters.
Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS.-Gr. 2. Using warm, family-friendly colors and expressive line, Marks beautifully portrays Ben's lack of desire for bedtime. There's Ben tromping up the stairs, holding his mother's hand, his turned-down mouth and slumped posture the very picture of reluctance. Ben's room, a child's fantasy with toys scattered everywhere and moonlight streaming in through starry curtains, doesn't comfort him, and neither does mother's offer of various toys to sleep with. Ben doesn't want Teddy, or clown, or even their dog. What he does want is his furriest, scariest, spikiest stuffie, one that resembles a Wild Thing. And why? "He will scare away the ghosts and monsters and keep me safe": a marvelously honest response to bedtime fears. This translation from the German will comfort and delight. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: A Michael Neugebauer book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735816026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735816022
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,069,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tkendrick on September 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Charming another reviewer put!!! My child asked me "never ever to read the book again" and to "hide it in her room so she could never find it!" It has a wild scary monster stuffed animal pictured in the last two pages. Seriously we will have nightmares for a week! Even my husband was shocked at the devilish look of the monster stuffed animal. My five year old received this free from school. Well the school can keep this creepy book!
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By Elizabeth Dow on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My children and I regularly go to the library to read and we found this book. I highly recommend this night time book. It's absolutely charming. Both of my children love it, ages 2 and 4. The illustrations are very calming and bedtime inviting. They have a plush monster at Amazon that looks like the monster Ben wants to sleep with to keep him safe. I'm hoping we will be lucky and have both under the Christmas tree this year!!
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