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PreS—When their evening story is done, a child crawls off and teases his father with, "I'm not baby Ted. I can't go to bed./Try and guess what I am instead." He moves his arms in a snapping motion, and Dad correctly guesses a baby crocodile. "We'll SNAP him up, WRAP him up,/and tuck him into bed." The game continues as Ted has a bedtime snack, goes to the potty, brushes his teeth, and eventually dives under the covers, challenging his father to identify a different animal impersonation each time. The interactive concept is a fun idea, although it goes on too long and some of the later rhymes do not work as well. The drawings are softly rendered in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, leaving plenty of white space to accommodate the pictures and large-type text. Swirling ribbons and cute little animals reflect the playful mood of this good-natured story. Though not a first purchase, this book could be a pleasant addition for bedtime story collections.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Toddler Ted is a master of stalling techniques, so parents beware: reading this at bedtime could lengthen your nightly routine. While playfully partaking in the activities leading up to going to bed (sitting on the potty, brushing teeth, etc.), Ted pretends to be 10 different creatures, from a baby crocodile to a baby porcupine. Good-natured Dad plays along with an action appropriate to the creature, usually ending with the refrain “and tuck him into bed.” Finally, with Ted in bed, Dad acknowledges what a big boy he is while recapping their lively adventure. The various animal sounds and action words in the short text, coupled with Chorao’s pleasing illustrations, featuring a mop-topped Ted and his pretend menagerie, make this a fun read-aloud for parent and child and a natural for sharing with a young group of children. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Randall Enos

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823419681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,831,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Clarkston, Michigan, and moved to San Francisco, California after my first semester of college. What was supposed to be a six month adventure traveling around the country, turned into a permanent move to the Bay Area. Once I settled in, I began studying Theatre and Mime and became a member of the Haight Ashbury Theatre Workshop. My journal writing and poetry have remained constant over the years and turned into writing Children's picture books after receiving my first 35mm camera. Photographs became my inspiration and I began writing about the about the poetry in the pictures I took. The idea of combining words with my photographs was a blast!

TIME FOR BED, BABY TED is my first published book and it grew out of one of those frozen snapshot moments in parenting when one can only laugh while looking back on it. That's what photographs do they allow us to look back on our moments with more than a fleeting emotion, they allow us depth and range of feeling. A past moment of parenting exhaustion, frozen in a snapshot, becomes comical when looking at it in the present.

My favorite job before coming a writer was booking stand-up comedy, producing theatre and casting films. I love comedy and love to laugh!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Weinstein on January 31, 2010
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Who hasn't faced a struggle when it comes to bedtime? Baby Ted would rather do--and BE--anything but go to sleep. But Dad plays along with a great sense of humor and, sooner or later, Baby Ted gets into bed.
What I like about this book is its universal story about a kid who just doesn't want to sleep and a surprising parent with patience, comfort, and fun. Being a dad myself, I like that the parent in this story who is a dad. Plenty of books are about mom and baby, but I've found myself frustrated at bed time too.
The dynamic, playful rhymes and the clear, sweet illustrations will make reading this book with your kids at bedtime, or any time, a fun experience.
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Reading this was a truly charming experience. The verbal and visual rhythms play off each other perfectly, and in just that whimsical but compelling way that makes for perfect bedtime reading. Even a kid who doesn't particularly have bedtime issues (like mine) will love it, because everyone loves stories about kids who live out the universal desire for mischief--and that mischief is lovingly and ingeniously captured by Mizzes Sartell and Chorao.
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the poetry has a snappy beat and it's one of my favorite illustrators--kay chorao who did cathedral mouse. my kid's now 8 and it still works for her.
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