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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037585858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858581
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harriet, Hildy, Henry, and Milo, three kittens and a baby elephant, want nothing more than to play uninterrupted. But various nuisances continue to sidetrack them. The biggest offender is bedtime, so the friends devise a secret plan to avoid it, which doesn’t quite work out as expected but is satisfying nonetheless. This is an enjoyable, inventive offering that incorporates single- and double-page spreads focused on the activity of the four friends, as well as comic-style acrylic illustrations that include cross-sections of a townhouse that allow for multiple scenes to play out at the same time. In addition, speech bubbles that indicate parents calling for the young characters literally break into the text—and, consequently, the fun—and there is a certain conspiratorial amusement as the reader or listener is allowed in on the secret plan, as long as they “don’t tell.” Charming and genuinely funny, this will appeal to a wide audience. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kara Dean

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Julia Sarcone-Roach, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, makes her debut with this delightful twist on bedtime routines.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Gruppuso on November 2, 2009
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This book is just charming! Adorable illustrations and a funny, unique story make this a great picture book for any kid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kitty on October 19, 2012
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We checked this book out from the library and my 3 year old daughter loves it! It was an instant favorite. I just purchased it as a Christmas gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bridgecross on December 14, 2011
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Milo and his neighbor friends go to great lengths to avoid the dreaded BEDTIME, and have a fun, secret night to themselves. The story is straightforward and engaging, the artwork is whimsical with a lot of amusing detail. My daughter especially enjoys all the "cutaway" illustrations, that show hidden secret interiors of the house and walls. This is that sort of bedtime book you can explore night after night and still find something new. It's at the top of our reading list this year. (daughter, age 5)
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By Atti's Mommy on May 31, 2013
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My 6 year old son loves this book. We read it often! He, too, finds "bedtime" to be a terrible word.
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