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Bedtime for Buzzy Hardcover – February 8, 2017
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The picture book world is awash with stories of children who don t want to put down their toys and go to bed. But for youngsters who don't want playtime to end, who better to convince them to hit the hay than the toys themselves? In T.J. Hackworth's delightful debut picture book Bedtime for Buzzy, a child is gently persuaded by each of his toys that they all need to rest.
Buzzy's toys haven't finished their adventures. His astronaut hasn't finished building his moon base; his pirate hasn't found the treasure; his dinosaur hasn't yet stomped through the Great Divide, and his courageous explorer is still searching for the "City of Gold."
At the announcement of bedtime, Buzzy answers with a loud "NO!" Then, one by one, Buzzy's toys relate how excited they are to continue their adventures with him but first, they need some shut-eye.
Just when Buzzy is beginning to nod off, he feels something poking him in his side. It s "Courageous Explorer" riding his donkey and prodding Buzzy with his stick. The explorer is delighted to see Buzzy, noting that together they can find the City of Gold. "Oh, Good!" Buzzy says. "I was afraid I'd have to go to sleep, but now I can help you find the City of Gold instead!" Then the explorer makes the final case for bedtime: We must find it in your dreams! That's the only way. We hope you'll help us!" And with that, Buzzy eagerly leaps into bed.
The dialogue between Buzzy and his toys artfully captures a child s active imagination and excitement over fantasized adventures. And Sean Baptist s illustrations do more than inform the text they bring it alive with expressive, colorful cartoon characters. Together, the text and pictures imbue the characters with a warm, winning joie de vivre that's impossible to resist.
In sum, Bedtime for Buzzy is sure to be a hit for young readers as well as their grateful parents. --BlueInk Review
Buzzy doesn't want to go to bed. He's having too much fun playing with all of his toys.
His dad calls out, Buzzy, it's time for bed! and that's when the adventure begins.
Buzzy's toys will understand his need for adventure...won't they?
Bedtime for Buzzy is a sweet story about a wee one who does not want to go to bed.
As this is a topic that every parent is familiar with, Buzzy is a fun way to show kids that it's okay to go to sleep. Even your toys need rest!
Readers will see what [Buzzy] sees, experiencing his toys and his adventures from his singular point of view. What a fun and inclusive idea! [L]ittle ones can identify with the main character wholly and completely.
Recommended for children two and up who do not want to go to bed. --The Children's Book Review
One of the quintessential dilemmas for any parent of a small child is how to get him or her to bed. Bedtime for Buzzy entertainingly and originally addresses this issue in a delightful storybook based around the title character Buzzy. The story and illustrations focus on Buzzy's toys a Moon Man, Pirate, Dinosaur, and Explorer as a metaphor for all of the exciting things a child has to play with while awake and all of the reasons he or she doesn't want to go to sleep. While Buzzy sees his toys and their respective adventures as a reason to stay awake, each toy teaches Buzzy the value in rest as a necessary means to ultimately achieving the goal of their adventure. This helps to serve as enticement for bedtime so that perhaps the reader, or small child being read to, will also understand the value in sleep.
The last toy to engage Buzzy is the Explorer who offers one more reason to go to bed. He tells Buzzy that a hidden city can only be found in his dreams, illustrating the importance of not only sleep, but imagination and dreaming. --The U.S. Review of Books
About the Author
T.J. Hackworth is a writer of short stories and children's fiction. For example, he is the author of the book you are looking at right now. His work has also appeared recently in the Wisconsin Review. He lives in (where else?) Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter. And he never has trouble going to bed.
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Top Customer Reviews
Parents will love the story and illustrations that will gently convince their own little Buzzys that bedtime is not so bad after all.
(In exchange for an honest review, I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.)
My favorite little boy wanted me to read it again so I gave it four stars.
I received a complimentary copy from Downtown & Brown Ventures LLC and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Colourful cartoon illustrations that seem (and may indeed be) drawn by a parent or other family member for a little kid who won’t go to sleep.
A Buzz Lightyear-type toy, Moon Man, features on the first page. Next is Captain Pirate and a teddy bear and some Bob the Builder and other toys. Then Giant Dinosaur - a female, I’m happy to report!
Each group has more to do, more to achieve, and hasn’t finished for the day. But Daddy is calling that it’s time for bed.
Buzzy yells NO so loudly, that Moon Man falls over and asks Buzzy:
“However will we get the Moon Base finished without rest?
And with that, Moon Man fluffed up his Moon Pillow and began to snore, making the sound that only a Moon Man would make while snoring.”
Gradually, each group explains why we need sleep and dreams, and Buzzy can’t wait to start dreaming. A win for Daddy and parents everywhere!
Cute. Whether kids will be convinced to go to bed, I can’t say, but this is one way to try.
I’ve quoted from my NetGalley preview copy, so it’s possible the text may have changed.
What adventures do they have? What is their perspective when they observe and play?
Bedtime for buzzy illustrates and welcomes us into the beautiful mind of a child’s world.
Buzzy wishes to play yet it is bedtime. Buzzy does not want to sleep. He talks to each of his toys explaining that it's bedtime and that his father wants him in bed. Each toy and adventure made up in his head convince him that he needs to rest so he can have more strength to play tomorrow.
I found the book entertaining, intriguing and pleasant to the eye. Every toy has a role playing story to go along with it and an adventure to explore.
This is a wonderfully written book. It allows the reader to swim in a child’s mind and imagination. The fascinating world where there are no limits or boundaries can be surely exciting.
Thank you for reminding me of how much fun I had playing with my toys when I was young.
Written by Jeyran Main
Buzzy, the hero of this little story is a child like that.
When Dad says it's bedtime, Buzzy is in the middle of many adventures with his toys, and he doesn't want to stop playing and go to sleep. But then, his toys say they are tired, and they ask to rest. Buzzy is also getting a little bit sleepy, but only when the explorer suggests a way to continue playing while sleeping, Buzzy is willing to put his head down and close his eyes.
The illustrations are lovely. They are colorful and they have this childish look as if Buzzy have drawn them himself, which adds another layer to Buzzy's imaginative play.
We never see Buzzy in the illustrations, just the toys. This adds a bit of a mystery to the book, and enhance the feeling that the illustrations are created by Buzzy. I love it!
I think this little story might open a discussion between parents and their highly imaginative kids about the importance of sleep and rest.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Buzzy doesn't want to go to sleep, but his toys feel differently. One by one they convince Buzzy that a good night's rest is the only way to continue their fun tomorrow.
I love the lesson in this story. We parents can tell our kids a million times why they need to go to bed, but we usually just come across as fun-smashers. Bedtime for Buzzy talks to children from a perspective they can relate to. I highly recommend it for those parents whose little ones fuss and fight every time they say, "Go to bed."