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PreS-Gr 2-Six-year-old Ralphie does not want to go to sleep, and he pushes his bedtime back by telling his mother that he sees monsters in closets and bugs crawling across rugs, and that there is an annoying mosquito buzzing near his ear. Each time Mom knows just what he needs, whether it is a polar-bear cuddle, an enormous ape hug, or a goldfish kiss. This is clearly an enjoyable nightly routine for mother and son. Ralphie finally turns the table on Mom when he alludes to some transgressions at school, and she stops short. He quickly admits he is joking and the two of them share a "gotcha" moment. The story is written in a rhyme scheme that at times does not scan satisfactorily, especially toward the end. Cheery polka dots on the endpapers mirror those on Ralphie's bed linens. Nevertheless, the pictures are unpolished, and scenes that feature perspective result in awkward illustrations. Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011), Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Hyperion, 2008), and Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Goodnight? (Blue Sky, 2000) are stronger bedtime selections.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Richmond's colorful artwork captures every embrace of this loving ritual." - Sacramento Bee

"Inspires a playful bedtime routine that leaves kids and grownups looking forward to nighttime no matter how strong the allure of playtime." - New Jersey Family Magazine
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402268785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402268786
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne Richmond -- writer, artist and inspirationalist -- has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her award-winning books that put feelings into words and help you connect with the people + moments that matter.

For two decades, Marianne ran her own publishing company, winding down in 2010 to make way for a partnership with Sourcebooks, Inc., one of the leading and largest independent publishers in North America. Since then, she has s traveled the country, reading to and speaking with thousands of children about finding their own voice through the written word. Says Richmond, "I share my story of growing up with seizures and encourage kids and grownups to celebrate their individuality." Though Publisher's Weekly calls her "an author on the rise," Richmond's favorite letter is from an elementary school teacher who said, "I feel like a better me after reading your books."

Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Otis. Favorite things include coffee, hiking, reading memoirs, digital scrapbooking, sleeping, watching sappy movies, going on vacation, hanging out with girlfriends, eating ice cream after the kids are sleeping, and simply creating something from nothing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ezinwanyi on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We had a blast reading this story. Six year old Ralphie Mix reminds me of my five year old at bedtime. They try to find any and every reason to prolong going to sleep. We were amazed to see the same reasons in the book that my daughter uses at home. They range from bugs to monsters in the closets, from tummy aches to not being sleepy. The last resort always being that they need more hugs and kisses.
It was short enough to read two times in a row. My daughter kept telling me that Ralphie doesn't want to sleep yet, maybe his mom could sing some songs. I guess she could really relate to this little boy. I was thoroughly amused. The illustrations were nice and so was the rhyme. The author did a good job of creating a bedtime story that was relatable to both kids and parents. We enjoyed this book.

I would recommend this book to 5-12 years of age.

*Copy received by LibraryThing Early Reviewers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenajo on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ralphie Mix at the age of six is up to tricks when he tries to keep from going to sleep. Much of the story is in rhyme, while Ralphie's mother tries a series of different solutions from fish kisses to caterpillar tickles. Finally, after tricking his mother with inferences to problems at school, Ralphie finally falls asleep. The illustrations are fun, colorful and simple. A fun read aloud book for parents to share with their children, especially those who have trouble falling asleep. It would also work well as a read aloud for a young class, followed by acting out the different activities, and brainstorming for more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm Not Tired Yet by Marianne Richmond
I do have a grandson who is 6 and this is him, very hard to get him to go to bed and this book is 'right on target'.
Illustrated very colorful children's bedtime story with suggestions to try other
things to get your child to go to bed.
Bugs, monsters and his favorite bear to cuddle, and a caterpillar tickle
among other things are just what he needs to fall asleep.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely adorable! My kids, 3 and 7, are often difficult to get to sleep. I thought this would be a fun read for us. And it was!

The pages are full color illustrations that are very cute. The words rhyme and make it a fun book for adults to read which is very important to me. I gotta say, I hate all those books based on TV shows, they are NOT fun to read, this is one I pick up often because I could read it several times a week and not be tired of it.

The book is about a little boy (6 years old) who claims he's not tired yet. He goes through the whole thing of saying he sees a bug, then claiming there's a monster, and on and on and his mother always comes back with some adorable thing like:

"Could it be that what you need is a fishy goldfish kiss?"

and

"Could it be what you need is one big gorilla hug?"

as well as

"Could it be that what you need is a cozy polar bear cuddle?"

and so on and so forth.
After each one there's a two page illustrated spread of each thing, the two goldfish, the gorillas hugging, the polar bears hugging and a few others. I thought it was cleverly done and have to admire the mother for her patience. One concern I had was "is this a good example for my kids?" Because I don't want them to think they can just go on and on with excuses for not going to sleep. But while they think the book is loads of fun, they didn't pick up on the prolonging bedtime routine. Oh, to be sure my kids have their own techniques but this book didn't really change anything.

Overall this is a great book and we've had a lot of fun with it. I read it to them quite often before bed and while it's a bit of a silly and fun book it doesn't get the kids all riled up and rowdy.
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