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The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed Hardcover – June 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803722532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803722538
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. As she did in The Bear under the Stairs (Dial, 1993), Cooper takes a gentle, wry look at a child's imagination. At bedtime, a young boy takes a fantasy trip in his little red car into a land filled with his stuffed animals and toys?all of which are larger than life. In the well-patterned, repetitive text, the child asks each toy to play with him; each replies in its own way that it's not the right time for playing: "Nighttime is for resting, not racing," says the train. As the sun goes down, the youngster journeys through puffy clouds, past bedlike mounds, and under a moon hung by a string, and finally stands "awake and alone, with the sleeping world around him." But not to worry, for here comes his mother to scoop him up, carry him through a land of oversized bathroom fixtures and a giant tube of toothpaste, and put him in his warm, cozy bed. With their careful, creative details (the zipper in a toy tiger's stomach, wooden soldiers parading with toothbrushes, the toy train's cars filled with sleepy nursery-rhyme characters), the dusky golden and purple watercolors complement and enhance the text. Like Denys Cazet's I'm Not Sleepy (Orchard, 1992) and Martin Waddell's Can't You Sleep Little Bear? (Candlewick, 1992), this charming story will soon become a favorite part of the bedtime ritual.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 3^-6. A boy (who appears to be about two years old) announces to his mother that he is going to stay up all night. He then revs up his red toy car and drives away so fast his mother can't catch him. He soon meets up with a tiger, but the beast is too sleepy to play, as are the others he encounters--soldiers, who march with toothbrushes over their shoulders; animal musicians; and even the moon. At last the boy is so tired he is grateful when his mother scoops him up and puts him to bed. The "real" story emerges in Cooper's ingenious watercolors: a little boy stays up late playing in his room, his surroundings bathed in the golden glow of lamplight. The tiger, looking very tigerish, is poised atop a bureau, and the moon hangs from a mobile's string. The imaginary blends seamlessly with the real, and although children will probably take everything at face value at first, repeated reading will lead them to the wonderful discovery that the boy is really safe in his cozy home with his mom waiting patiently nearby. Susan Dove Lempke

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The illustrations are wonderful and the story line is terrific.
"charlie4"
She declared it to be her favorite book and we have had to read it to here several times.
Mathew A. Shember
We love to explore every detail together on each page of the charming illustrations.
connie genton

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn (ToddA962@aol.com) on January 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is one of our family's favorite bedtime books. The illustrations are fabulous, but the increasing drowsiness of the text, paced very much like a lullaby, carries the day (or night). It is guaranteed to have me yawning by about page 4, and catches my son's attention even on nights when his toy trains and trucks have far more appeal than the prospect of bedtime. There are some wonderful lines in the text, like the parenthetical notation "(She was a very strong mother.)" that have a way of making you feel good about the Battle for Bedtime. It's a book that's meant to be read out loud. I've bought several extra copies to give as gifts to other parents, and recommend it without hesitation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Gillespie on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
It doesn't take long for the trouble to start in "The Boy who wouldn't go to Bed". Confronted with the age-old parental imperative of "Bedtime", appalled at the absurdity of such a command when "it's still light", and utterly unintimidated by the power disparity involved, the baby retorts with a steely "No!", hops into his car and roars off into the night, leaving his mother far behind. At the outset the illustrations are suffused with a beautiful golden light but as the journey progresses that light begins to fail and we are left to reflect on the wisdom of the baby's decision.
This baby is a man of action who is bound to appeal to any child who's ever confronted an "unreasonable" bedtime, or any other "unreasonable" parental dictat. His dynamic response shows from the outset that he is a force to be reckoned with who will not kowtow to authority figures, no matter now mighty. The stage is set for a showdown more reminiscent of "Cool-Hand Luke" or "Braveheart", for it is clear our hero is prepared to match himself against any adversary. No whining, crying or ineffectual complaining here, but a forthright declaration of independence by the baby. Yet as the story progresses it is clear that independence has its price. The baby's long journey into night brings him up against all kinds of dark, mysterious characters, each with their own, sleep-related agenda. The night world beyond the bedroom soon proves resistant (or at least too sleepy to respond) to the baby's efforts to command it and as the tale progresses even the baby's faithful car threatens to fail him. The baby searches in vain for reliable (or at least wakeful) companions to share his adventures but without a Gandalf to help him assemble a "fellowship" his journey to the world of darkness threatens to be a lonely one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "fullertons3" on December 30, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
My almost 2 year old son got this book for X-mas.We have been reading it everyday since. He loves it! After reading this book 3 or 4 times he says sleepy now when it is time to go to bed.
I like it because it seems to get the message across that night is for sleeping. Plus it has beautiful illustrations and the text isn't completely assanine. After writing this I am going to but some more of this authors books. Too bad she doesn't have one about going to the potty:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "fullertons3" on December 30, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
My almost 2 year old son got this book for X-mas.We have been reading it everyday since. He loves it! After reading this book 3 or 4 times he says sleepy now when it is time to go to bed.
I like it because it seems to get the message across that night is for sleeping. Plus it has beautiful illustrations and the text isn't completely assanine. After writing this I am going to buy some more of this authors books. Too bad she doesn't have one about going to the potty :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on December 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet story of a boy who decides he is not going to bed. He races from the house in his toy car and begins searching for somebody to play with. The first character is a giant tiger lying on a bed who declares "Nighttime is for snoring; not roaring" He continues his search!

The artwork is what really caught my daughters attention. She declared it to be her favorite book and we have had to read it to here several times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a story! A small boy refuses to go to sleep and vrooms away from his mama in a toy car...on his way to the sleepy world where his toy animals and toy soldiers and train await him. The mother is looking for the boy and will not sleep until she finds him, at which point the boy asks to go to sleep. My 3 year old son loves this book. He likes the independence of the boy who says no to his mother when she asks if he is ready for bed. (As though my son actually articulated this to me). The illustrations are wonderful and the story line is terrific. My son actually yawns when the toys yawn and when the little boy is finally ready to go to sleep, so is my son. Highly, highly recommended!
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Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my daughter when she was two. She is now almost three, and this is still one of our favorite bedtime books. My daughter enjoys (and relates to) the little boy's not wanting to go to bed, and the stalling that is involved. My daughter gets a kick out of the vrrooming car sound. We love to explore every detail together on each page of the charming illustrations. My daughter loves to point out how sleepy everyone gets as the story moves along, making her sleepy too. I especially love the part of the mother and the ending!
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