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One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You off to Sleep Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This charming compendium holds a wide variety of poetic forms and emotions, from bits of "concrete" to slices of doggerel, from bursts of giggles to slathers of joy—and with a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Nikki Grimes, Marilyn Singer, Jon Scieszka, and more, it's bound to be a lasting contribution to collections. All the pieces are rather short in length—perfect for those bedtime or read-aloud pleas of "just one more!" Poems where moon mice "know the moon is made of cheese," seagulls throw parties "but never cook, ever," and sleepy weeds "lean against each other" are sure to enchant adults and children alike. VERDICT Exuberant for the most part (with some serious musings to lend ballast) and in perfect harmony with its cartoonish, color-washed illustrations, this sleepy-time volume is just the thing for the rhyme-loving child who has graduated from Mother Goose.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
* "These pithy poetic observations and Niemann's engaging illustrations prove at once antidote and anodyne for the sleep-averse child demanding just one more....A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that's anything but sleepy."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "With a broad range of voices and sentiments, the collection delivers poems to meet any mood."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Exuberant for the most part (with some serious musings to lend ballast) and in perfect harmony with its cartoonish, color-washed illustrations, this sleepy-time volume is just the thing for the rhyme-loving child who has graduated from Mother Goose."―School Library Journal, starred review
"Nonsense poems, wordplay, nature, whimsy, and tenderness all mix together here in a collection that families with children from preschool through primary grades and beyond will enjoy reading together before bed."―Horn Book
"This is a treasury to be dipped into as needed, and therefore it's suitable for a wide range of listeners...."―The Bulletin
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This is a literary gem, but it's full of engaging poems kids (as well as their parents, grandparents and teachers) will actually want to read again and again. The poems are short, often fun, but language rich.
Ah, the art. This is one beautifully and lovingly crafted book. The graphic illustrations were created by New York Times illustrator, Christoph Niemann, and like a good marriage, the poems elevate the art and the art elevates the poems. I particularly like that each poem receives its own page and illustration with plenty of surrounding white space...so every poem, whether four lines or four stanzas, is allowed to shine. The use of monochromatic color expertly divides each section.
Until I actually read through the collection, I thought the poems might all relate to bedtime. Not so. Sure, there are plenty of poems to send kids "off to dreamland," but there are many other kid-focused topics like food, family, and animals. The poems are just as appropriate to read to a newborn as a nine year old at bedtime, although the nine year might want to read just one more to you...
One Minute 'Till Bedtime was just released Nov. 1, 2016 and with the holidays approaching, it makes a wonderful "gift book" that is destined to become a classic. I adore this book...and highly recommend it.
Lorrie L. Birchall
Poetry for Teaching
As you might imagine, the poems in this collection vary greatly in style and tone, assuring that every reader will find one, two, ten, or 110 poems that speak to them in a personal way. The boldly inked drawings of New York Times illustrator and award-winning artist Christoph Niemann are what pulls everything together with wit, whimsy, and vivacious spirit, making this anthology shine like the classic it's destined to become.
A starred Kirkus review describes ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME as "A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that's anything but sleepy." And so it is! But it might be worth clarifying that not all of the poems are about bedtime. They are, however, all poems you can read in one minute or less before bedtime—"60-second poems to send you off to sleep."
A focal point of Nesbitt's tenure as U.S. Children's Poet Laureate (2013-2015) was the idea that a child's love of poetry can take root and flourish with minimal daily exposure. That is the theory behind ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME. If parents share a single poem each night with their child, they will be nurturing a love of poetry to last a lifetime. The only thing that's debatable is whether children will be content with just one! These poems are like potato chips... you can't stop at just one.