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10 Minutes till Bedtime Hardcover – September 28, 1998
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"Ten minutes till bedtime!" Father announces from behind his newspaper. Out a picture window, his son and his son's pet hamster can see a hamster family (with kids numbered 1 to 10) approaching the house. "All aboard!" shouts the boy's prized pet, as his puzzled owner opens the door and the hamster tourists are loaded onto the special trolley. What the humans at 1 Hoppin Place don't know is that their cherished family pet has advertised on the Web (www.hamstertours.com) for a "10-Minute Bedtime Tour," and the hordes have only just begun to descend.
"Nine minutes till bedtime," Father insists, oblivious to the burgeoning hamster parade. At the 8-minute marker, the hamsters and the boy are in the kitchen for a pre-bedtime snack. One little guy is standing on top of a fruit bowl, lowering a cherry cluster with a string and paper clip. Hamster number 10 is trying to feed an animal cracker to the boy's fuzzy bedroom slipper. "Seven minutes till bedtime!" reminds Father as creative tooth-brushing progresses. But what's this? It's the 5-minute countdown marker, and the faint light of hamster headlights appears out the window. More tourists are on their way! Buses, trucks, taxis, and golf carts full of rodents are driving up the sidewalk! Hilarious hamster hijinks ensue. If you're not seeing the appeal here, it's like this: each spread is turbocharged with dozens of winsome, adorable details that will keep youngsters giggling and entranced--and counting to 10--time after time. Peggy Rathmann, author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, offers readers a rollicking rodent romp that ends with a goodnight kiss and many, many closed eyelids. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright © 1998 Peggy Rathmann, published by Putnam Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 2 to 8) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
Caldecott Medalist Rathmann (Officer Buckle and Gloria) builds a captivating series of mini-plots from a basic countdown premise with few words and abundant action. A child?who could be a girl or boy?plays with an energetic hamster family with just 10 minutes to go before she's tucked into bed. As the child's father idly reads the newspaper and clocks the passing time ("9 minutes till bedtime"), a rotund hamster in a blue conductor's uniform echoes each announcement with a tiny megaphone. Meanwhile, the hamster parents and their 10 active offspring, distinguishable by numbered yellow-and-red striped jerseys, frolic throughout the house. Rathmann endows each with a distinctive personality: Numbers 3 and 4 are twins, 8 shows only its rear end and stroller-bound toddler 10 declares "eat" and "more!" After additional golden-brown rodents arrive (in Goodnight Gorilla fashion) at the front door (raising the count to well above 50), the child reads this very book to a vast audience, takes a bath surrounded by furry beachgoers (and lotion, ants and sunglasses galore), then hurries through other pre-bed rituals before a final cry of "Bedtime!" Every engrossing illustration provides an exercise in numerals and Where's Waldo?-style concentration; die-hard fans will not only count Gorilla among the throngs, but Officer Buckle opens and closes the show, and young readers will note Rathmann's return to Napville for this nocturnal adventure. If Rathmann has her way, young slumberers will be counting hamsters, not sheep, as they drift off to sleep. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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- (almost) every page has all ten kids of the hamster family (with Tshirt number one to ten)
- Each of the ten hamsters has a particular personality, e.g., No 2 always stays next to the boy, No 9 always stays on the top;
- Baby (No 10) is the only one who talks
- There is a reference to "Good Night Gorilla" hidden in the book
- Ever wonder why the hamsters appear in that house? Look at the newspaper the daddy is reading, carefully.
There must be more hidden information there, I'll keep reading it and find out!
Fascinating artwork with many inside jokes
Lots of detail
Find each hamster, one through ten on each page
Each hamster has it's own story and characteristics
Look for hidden references to other books by Rathman
Has it's own web site with additional activities
This book can be read in less than a few minutes. It could also take more than a half hour. The illustrations are amazing even though they appear simple at first. This makes the book a rewarding read and a definite keeper!
In "Goodnight Gorilla", there was a pink balloon that accompanied each page of the story. The pink balloon returns in this story, as does the banana with the eternal question left unanswered, "Who ate it?". The hamsters one through ten appear on each page and they are not always easy to find. There are a few clues because they generally do the same thing on each page but often there is a twist to the action.
For example, number one hamster always kicks the tour guide with the soccer ball ... except when he kicks him with a grape instead (in the kitchen) or when it backfires (on the "More coming" page). And is hamster number ten warning the operator when he says "Duck" or just greeting the duck?. At any rate, the next time hamster one kicks the ball it winds up in the megaphone and the game is definitely over. Which is good because by then it is bedtime.
I loved the references to the other books by Rathmann because it is as if she has created her own universe where they all coexist. In addition to the pink balloon, banana and gorilla, you can see all the animals from "Goodnight Gorilla" if you are observant. You can also find Officer Buckle & Gloria. If you are observant, you can also find the website that is linked to the book AND it really works! On the website, there are coloring pages, craft projects, animations of the book's photo album, recipes and more.
It is really a great book for curious kids! Worth buying!
If you don't already have it, "Good Night Gorilla" from the same author also has the little things going on in the background, and is absolutely hilarious. That's important when you are on your fifth reading, or your fiftieth.
Good Night, Gorilla
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