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Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? Hardcover – March 3, 2005

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PreSchool-Grade 1–In this humorous title, the text is limited to typical bedtime questions such as, "Have you put your toys away?" and "Did you feed your fish?" Cornelius replies in the affirmative to each inquiry, but it is the art that tells the whole story. Through Saltzberg's acrylic-and-pencil illustrations, readers see that while the young pig did put his toys away, he put them in the refrigerator. Youngsters also see that the fish were fed, but they are nibbling on cookies instead of fish food. This book is sure to generate laughs from children and adults alike. Cornelius will be welcome in most libraries.–Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute, MA

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PreS. A time-for-bed tale gets a new twist as a little pig named Cornelius P. Mud works his way through his before-bed tasks. Mom has a series of questions:^B "Have you put your toys away?" "Did you feed your fish?" "Have you used the bathroom?"^B Cornelius answers "Yes!" to all, but sharp eyes will note that he is shoving his toys in the fridge, feeding cookies to the fish, and riding his broom horse while sitting on the toilet (lid down). But even after he has put on his pajamas and picked a good-night story (make that 10), when Mom asks him if he is ready for bed, he shouts, "No!" He hasn't gotten a hug. The last spread shows a big hug, indeed. The oversize pictures offer plenty of space for humor, and Saltzberg employs comedy to full advantage. Using acrylics and pencils, he has created a little pig with a sweet smile and a devilish gleam in his eye. Set against fruity background colors (lime, cantaloupe, tangerine), the simply drawn pigs play out their respective roles; kids will recognize them. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623999
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sherri Allen on June 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?," the latest children's storybook from author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg, takes readers through the zany bedtime routine of Cornelius P. Mud, a very silly pig.

The subject is a ritual all young children are familiar with, getting ready for bed. The spirited Cornelius, however, puts his own special twist on the bedtime routine. Sure, he puts his toys away -- in the refrigerator! Yes, he puts on his pajamas -- and his snorkel, and his rollerblades and his swimming pool float!

What really makes "Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?" funny is the way Saltzberg uses the illustrations to tell us the real story. The text is simple and straightforward, innocent enough. It's in the pictures that we catch on to Cornelius' antics and get to see the mischievous gleam in his eye.

"Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?" is a hilarious, vibrantly illustrated story. Read this to your children if you want them to fall asleep smiling. No matter how unhappy they are about having to go to bed, they won't be able to resist Cornelius' "charms."
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My son enjoys reading since he was about 13 month old. He is now almost 21 month, and have more than 20 books. This is still one of his favorite ones. The best reward for my husband and me is that every time we turn to the page the little piggy hugs his mother, we get a bug from our son too.
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My two year old granddaughter is reminded of all the things to do before bedtime.... then she gets a story! Very popular book.
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When Cornelius' mother quizzes him on whether he's ready for bed, he answers honestly each time. Yes, Cornelius has fed the fish...chocolate chip cookies! Yes, Cornelius has put on his pajamas...and a pair of rollerskates and a scuba mask! Preschoolers and kindergardeners will laugh at Cornelius' silly antics. Adults will appreciate whimsy in illustrations: the fishes' shocked looks, the titles on Cornelius' books (We, we, we all the way home, Where the Wild Pigs Are, and If you Give a Mouse a Pig just to name a few). Great for encouraging dialogue during a one-on-one read-aloud session.
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By John on March 19, 2012
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My 3 year old daughter loves the Cornelius P. Mud books. Our only complaint is that there aren't enough of them! Cute story that is easy to follow but also amusing for adults to read. Highly recommend.
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This book is a favorite bedtime story for my son and me. He thinks Cornelius' antics are hilarous and always wants to read it, "just one more time!" This book is great for beginning readers as it has only about 5-10 words per most pages. Perfect for those learning sight words! Also cute is Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School?
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I bought this book originally based on the reviews I saw on this website. Once we received it, I thought - wow - there's really not much to it and I thought my 2.5 year old would be bored by it in no time. I was definitely wrong. My daughter loves this book and asks me to read it over and over again. She's already memorized the story and reads it to me. The illustrations are cute, and your toddler will enjoy it.
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