From School Library Journal
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