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BEDTIME FOR MOMMY by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59990-341-5
Publisher: Bloomsbury

A wry role-reversal tale finds a freckle-faced little girl cajoling her mother into bed. After granting her mom “five more minutes” at her desk, the tot gets her into the tub, helps her pick out tomorrow’s outfit and reads her a book (just one—Anna Karenina—because “it’s getting late”). A glass of water and a kiss later, this determined little girl is ready for the next task: “Daddy! Time for bed!” Rosenthal’s text consists entirely of dialogue in speech bubbles, which makes way for Pham’s ink-and-watercolor vignettes to milk the situation for all it’s worth. Mommy’s body language and expressions are so thoroughly childlike despite their entirely adult proportions that both kids and adults will find themselves giggling. It’s a game played out in families everywhere and executed very well here. (Picture book. 3-6)