From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—Twenty humorous poems explore some of the rituals of preparing for bed. How does a thumb-sucker deal with a broken thumb? What happens when Essie continues to eat in bed? Often bedtime collections target young children, but this one attempts to reach a slightly older audience. Bright, busy gouache illustrations have a retro feel and reinforce the sense that very little sleep is actually happening in these pages. The small font is often difficult to read, and the rhythm of the poetry varies in its success. An additional purchase.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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These cozy rhymes for sharing at bedtime have a lot of fun with wordplay, from the literal interpretations of sleepover, showing kids on a roof, and sleep tight (I unkinked myself and vowed: / Tonight I will sleep loose!), to a familiar nursery lullaby: Rock-a-bye baby / on the tree top, you know the rest–– / that baby goes plop. . . . Did people really / stick babies in trees? Other poems show fun scenarios, like wild snacks in bed (pickled eel with lemon peel) and role reversals, as when a mom falls asleep and her snores keep her kid awake. And there is some gross-out humor, as well: Pucker up warns about odious breath and not kissing when you first wake up. Young children with their caregivers will giggle at the humorous scenes, illustrated with colorful gouache pictures, which could make a good prelude to the usual soothing lullabies (not Rock-a-Bye Baby, though). Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman