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Bedtime for Mommy Hardcover – March 30, 2010

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PreSchool-K—In this reversal of roles in the bedtime routine, a mother tries all the familiar stall tactics when her daughter announces, "Time for bed, Mommy!" She tries everything from a plea for five more minutes to a final drink of water and the door left slightly ajar. The story is told in short sentences that fit neatly into dialogue balloons. The perky watercolor and ink cartoon-style illustrations on white backgrounds speak as clearly as the text. Some pages are wordless and allow readers to tell the story themselves. Little girls in particular will love sharing this bedtime story with their mothers.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

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Eschewing the typical scenario of readying children for bed, Rosenthal tickles toddlers’ funny bones with a role-reversal tale in which the child gets Mommy ready for bed. Working at her computer, papers askew, a harried and bespectacled mom pleads for five more minutes. Wearing a self-satisfied smile, the freckled child times her and then pushes her up the stairs to her bath. Pham cleverly submerges Mom in a bubble bath while the determined child scrubs her toes. Mom then gives thumbs-down to several attempts at picking tomorrow’s outfit, exuberantly bounces into bed, bargains unsuccessfully for two books tonight (they curl up with Anna Karenina), and begs for a glass of water. Watching the clocks will provide added amusement (it takes one hour to get Mom tucked in, and then it’s Dad’s turn). With the entire text in speech bubbles and humorous, uncluttered watercolor paintings surrounded by lots of white space, this switcheroo book is a perfect bedtime choice. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Patricia Austin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903415
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love when a book has a cute little twist that really makes it funny. That's exactly what's happening here, and kids will find this to be a hilarious switcheroo. The parent and the child are trading places, with the daughter being the one responsible for getting her mom to bed. The funniest part is how perfectly her mom plays the role of child! Parents will instantly identify with the typical bedtime behaviors displayed.

When the clock strikes 7:30, the mother is still working away at her desk. We know someone is diligently monitoring the time for her, as a little ponytailed head pops around the corner and announces "Bedtime!" But, but, Mom isn't ready for bed yet, and she frantically shuffles papers and taps on her keyboard. Her request of an additional "five more minutes?" is reluctantly granted, but then it really will be bedtime, no excuses.

Once the little girl pries her mom away from her computer and marches her up the stairs, there is the usual bedtime routine to navigate. She has to oversee that teeth are properly brushed, a bath is drawn and fresh pajamas are produced. After that, she must help choose an outfit for the next morning. The first three selections are met with head shakes and looks of disdain until the fourth one meets with her charge's approval. Then it's onto to book reading in bed, one last drink of water and a discussion over how far the door needs to be cracked open for proper light.

Finally, she gets her mom all tucked in for the night. As she heads down the stairs, she stops and says "Phew!" Yup, that pretty much captures exactly how I feel as a mom at the end of each night! Reading this will make you chuckle with recognition and have your kids wanting to try putting you to bed! Thanks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal for another great book to add to our collection.
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I thought this was the cutest book I have ever read. My granddaughter just loves it and wants me to read it to her over and over. I would recommend it to anyone with children. Also, it is short enough that the child does not lose interest.
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Little Pea has been a family favorite for nearly a decade now and while Amy Rosenthal has released an impressive number of books since, none quite recaptured the magic of the first. Until now.

Bedtime for Mommy finds the young daughter in charge of putting a rambunctious Mommy to bed. But Mommy needs water, a story, and the lights on. My 4yo thinks this book is absolutely hilarious, though she hasn't yet worked up the nerve to try to put her own Mommy to bed this way. I appreciate Pham's charming little illustrations and Rosenthal's absolutely perfect prose. A new family favorite for sure!
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I saw and read this book in the store. While reading it, I couldn't stop giggling and thinking about the nightly "dance" that my wife and daughter regularly go through. I had to buy it and share it with them, especially since the reading of a bedtime story is the most important part of their night time ritual.

I really enjoyed and laughed at the illustrations showing the Mommy's bath toys (bath salts, oils, and a razor) and her bedtime story (Anna Karenina).

I can't wait to get home and give them this book for tonight's festivities.
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Cute story but not quite what I expected. I thought it would be more of a look at how mommy WANTS to go to bed (while typically kids don't) instead of a "turn the tables" so the kid has to be the one to put the parents to bed.
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It took a couple of minutes for her to understand the switch around of the toddler putting the parent to bed but once she understood it she was thoroughly amused. She especially liked "One down, one to go" at the end. Short and very cute. I wish in a couple of places that the pictures were bigger and clearer on the Kindle but overall not a huge problem.
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My 3 year old daguther really likes this book. Specially since when we got it we'd already been putting her to bed for a while and going through some of the headaches that the kid in the book goes through when putting mommy to bed. She laughs thoughout the book as silly things keep happening. Like most of the Amy Krouse books, they have very few words, so you have to make up words to go along w/ the picutre to make it a complete story. These pictures are not hard to make up words to and you can even get your kids involved in trying to figure out what mommy or daughter are saying.
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I had checked out this book at the library for my granddaughter to read and when it was time to turn it back in, she initially hid it and told me that she could not find the book so I decided to just buy it instead when I dropped the book off at the library.

My granddaughter was so excited when the books came in the mail.
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