From School Library Journal
PreS—A young mouse gets ready for bed, but can't fall asleep. On subsequent pages, she begs her mother for, among other things, a drink, another blanket, a doll, and, finally, one more hug. Her exhausted mother obediently answers all these requests, and then falls asleep. Church's cartoons in collage, paint, and ink in muted earth tones on textured papers are appropriately cozy and snug. However, while children will identify with Madison's multiple bedtime requests and difficulties falling asleep, the resolution here is unsatisfying. Parents may find the ending funny and ironic, but children will not. The last page leaves Madison still anxiously wide awake, and the comforting ending necessary in bedtime books for young children is lost in the night.—Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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When Mommy says it’s time for bed, Madison the mouse begins her bedtime routine without protest. Once she is tucked into bed, however, the little mouse decides that she can’t go to sleep without her doll. Mommy returns with the doll and gives her daughter a good-night hug. But still sleep evades Madison, so she asks for a drink and an extra blanket. Mommy brings both and gives Madison another hug. And on it goes, until finally the mouse realizes the one last surefire thing she needs to fall asleep—one more hug from Mommy. Church’s collage, brush, and ink illustrations are straight-up cute, with hearts flowing from Mommy’s hugs and kisses and tree branches and stumps making up the furniture in Madison’s bedroom. Although Church’s take on an age-old nighttime tradition fails to break any new ground, it is filled with genuine tenderness and wisely eschews any of the chicanery or silliness that might rile up young listeners before their own bedtimes. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kristen McKulski