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Princess Baby, Night-Night Hardcover – January 13, 2009

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—In this successor to Princess Baby (Random, 2008), the feisty, independent-minded heroine is asked various questions during her preparations for bedtime. "Princess Baby, did you pick up all your toys?" "Yes, I picked them up," she responds, and is shown cuddling all of her stuffed animals at once. Although Princess Baby protests that she is not tired, a satisfying conclusion shows her asleep on the floor after reading books to her stuffed animals and tucking them in. As in the earlier title, fuchsia and other rosy tones dominate the illustrations. Purchase if the first book has a following.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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It is bedtime in this Princess Baby (2008) follow-up, but the series’ star, a caped and glittery-crowned little girl, is not tired. With her parents out of view, she follows their reminders (“Did you put your pajamas on?”) by readying her stuffed animals, rather than herself, for bed. After all the activity, though, Princess Baby discovers that she is sleepy after all. The simple, dialogue-based text is accessible and humorous, while the vibrant and eye-catching cartoonish art is infused with cheerful color, patterns, and recognizable objects. A sweet, amusing bedtime choice with a spirited protagonist children will enjoy. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 0250 (What's this?)
  • Series: Princess Baby
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

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Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty surprised that this book has received the rave reviews it has. I bought this for my 17 month old daughter because we are big Karen Katz fans. Her books always are simple, adorably illustrated, and captivating for my daughter. They also always (until now) model good behavior for children. My daughter has a very set bedtime routine, in which her father and/or I are very involved each night. She brushes her teeth, gets her sleepsack on, has story time, and then goes into her crib, quite easily, because she KNOWS the routine. In this book, "Princess Baby" is apparently a child who runs wild a bedtime, and as her parents call to her from a completely different room, asking her if she is completing her bedtime tasks (brushing her teeth, washing her face, putting on her pajamas, etc.), she lies, and tells them that she is doing them. In fact, she is not doing any of the tasks, and is only playing with her dolls and stuffed animals (although she is, in fact, brushing THEIR teeth, and putting on THEIR pajamas). Finally, her absentee parents find her passed out on the floor in the middle of all her stuffed animals and dolls. Given that my daughter actually does what she is supposed to do at bedtime, and her father and I make sure she does, this is the last thing I want to read to her, to give her any idea that she should be doing anything other than what she does every night. The absentee parents bother me, but fine. And I understand that not all kids are easy to get to bed. But what I just can't get over is that "Princess Baby" is outright lying to her parents, and we're supposed to think it is cute, I guess. I don't. Big thumbs down on this one.
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Just happened to read this book at a local bookstore last night, keep thinking about it and definitely am going back to buy - several!

The whole concept of preparing for bed is always something of a negotiation. I found the concepts on Princess Baby's ideas absolutely Priceless!

If your little ones seem to have all sorts of projects in mind at bedtime, and not at all quite what you had in mind, you will be touched and bemused at this little ones caring preoccupations.
Truly wonderful book and illustrations!
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I bought this book for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. We first had it from the Library. She had the book memorized in a day. It is so cute to hear her tell the story in her sweat little voice. We love it!
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Princess Baby is supposed to be getting ready for bed, but she is jumping on the bed with all her babies. "But I'm not tired." She gathers up all her toys when someone from the other room calls out to ask her if she's done so. Directions, directions! Princess Baby has gathered her two teddies, her piggy and her bunny in her arms.

"Did you put them where they belong?"
"Yes, right where they belong."

Next it's the jammies as she waltzes around the room. Princess Baby is still all dressed up with a sparkly crown on her head. She has to get her babies in them first. It's a lot of work to get everyone ready for bed! Getting them a sip of water, washing their faces, picking out a book and giving them all kisses can be very tiring. Awww, Princess Baby has fallen fast asleep.

This is an absolutely adorable bedtime book for a little princess. Karen Katz's artwork is colorful, bright, delightful and adds the perfect touch to the Princess Baby books. If you have a little princess in your life, I'm sure she'd love to cuddle up with this book night after night. Is your little princess getting ready for bed? "Princess Baby, night-night."
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My 19-month old loves all of the karen katz books... twinkle toes was her fave for about 3 months. I got this one because now she's really into princesses and babies so I thought this would be a good combo. I'm not sure if she really understands what princess baby is up to (trying to stall going to bed) but she asks for it to be read before bedtime almost every night. For such a discriminating customer, that's a good thing!
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If your child likes to play at being a princess, this book will be sure to delight! The princess baby is absolutely adorable and like most children when bed time comes she is too busy to want to sleep. Children will recognize the delaying tactics and look forward to the various excuses with much anticipation!
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One of the worst reviews of this book complains that Princess Baby and her parents are modeling bad behavior so this is a terrible book, but I disagree. This is my 2-year-old's ULTIMATE FAVORITE book and we read many times every day. She has never resisted going to sleep or tried to brush the "teeth" of her stuffed animals as a result of reading this book. She is actually capable of understanding that Princess Baby is being silly and a little bit naughty. We talk about that as we turn pages, "Oh my gosh, she isn't getting ready for bed at all is she? She's brushing her teddy bear's teeth, oopsies, that's naughty huh?" And my toddler enthusiastically agrees and laughs.

I had a book when I was a toddler called "I'm Not Sleepy" and this book is reminiscent of that. Many kids DO resist going to sleep, not because they're naughty, but simply because life is so much fun at that age so they just don't want to miss out on anything. This book is portraying a child who wants to play instead of getting ready for bed. Whoopdie-do! It is not some horribly damaging book that you need to keep away from your kids.

I personally think my toddler is smart enough to understand she isn't to copycat everything she reads. We have "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" as well and she never ROARS about bedtime either. Perhaps only my child is smart enough to understand Mommy and Daddy know best and not to do the naughty things she reads in books, but I personally think MOST if not ALL children can actually differentiate too.

I love this book and Karen Katz is my daughter's favorite author/illustrator, we have a TON of her books and I wouldn't want anyone to fear this book based on negative reviews.
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