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Time for Bed, Fred! Library Binding – February 11, 2014

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—Fred is a dog that isn't quite ready for bed. He climbs a tree, dives into a mud puddle, races out of his bathtub sopping wet, and clutches a book expectantly in his mouth. After one last ditch effort to sleep in his owner's bed, a smiling Fred is finally tucked into his own pad with a bone and ball. Ismail's illustrations are reminiscent of Norton Juster's exuberant and colorful images while Fred's antics make him a kindred spirit to Chris Raschka's Daisy. Ismail cleverly uses exclamations and rhetorical questions to liven up the familiar lets-get-ready-for-bed storyline. This book works well as a read aloud, as it begs for audience participation, and will likely become a bedtime favorite.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Meet Fred, the latest in a long line of irascible picture-book pooches whose misbehavior only makes them all the sweeter. The clock has struck eight, which, according to our unseen narrator, means it’s bedtime for bozos. But Fred is not really down with that. He hides in the flower bed, a tree, and a mud puddle, which means bath time—a clever delay tactic, eh? Then it’s back to hiding in a watering can, the sink, a bookshelf, the laundry basket, you name it. Ismail has channeled Chris Raschka’s work here, most explicitly the beloved A Ball for Daisy (2011). Like Daisy, Fred is illustrated in watercolors that seem to soak through the page in thick blotches and rich, saturated colors. The effect is a wonderful sense of motion; when Fred shakes off from a bath, he becomes roughly 10 thick lines of whirling fur—abstract and yet perfectly understandable. All ends well, of course, for this happy little demented doggie, just how readers (and listeners) like it. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802735983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802735980
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,986,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meghan on June 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds me of another favorite, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Fred, the dog, never speaks, except through his actions and the illustrations. The only voice is my own, as I read it. My toddler eats it up every time and loves to act out different silly places to "sleep" before he goes to bed ("That's not your bed, Fred!").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Harrison on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely adored this book. My job surrounds me with children's books all day (and night). When this book arrived in the store I immediately had to stop my other tasks and read it. I was captivated by the illustrations. A great early reader picturebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Dunn on December 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Poor Fred! He's not ready for bed. Your child will love following Fred on his adventures. A happy ending for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on January 17, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Young children, ages 2-5, will want to watch Fred’s adventures before bed. Captivated with simple text and lively watercolor illustrations, these young children will have fun with Fred.
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By J on February 25, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Kind of boring for adults, but the 2-Year-Old LOVES it. He'd rather hear this one book over and over than to choose the multiple books for story time that he used to before we got it.
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By E.L.M. on January 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Fred is just like my dog Ollie. We liked this book as a bedtime story. I love the illustrations. Awesome!
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