It’s bedtime on the farm, but no one seems to want to sleep in the proper place.
“Snuggled in. / Snuggled down. / Bedtime on the farm.” Pig heads over to his sty. “But when he plopped down— / Moooo! / Who do you think he found?” Pig squeals at cow to get up and “Go sleep in your own bed!” Cow makes her sleepy way to her stall, but when she snuggles down…she sits on Hen! So Cow tells Hen to go sleep in her own bed. Hen sends Horse packing; Horse sends Sheep to her pen; Sheep sends Dog to his kennel; Dog chases Cat away. “ ‘Oh, drat,’ mewed Cat. / And she tiptoed to her spot, pittery-pat.” But when Cat settles down, she hears something very different: “Oh, there you are! Come sleep in my bed!” And the white child readers met at the beginning of the book and Cat snuggle down in the cozy, quilt-covered bed. Fleming pens a bedtime roundabout full of animal noises, quaintly rustic expostulations (“Oh, hayseeds”), crunchy verbs, and rhythmic nonsense suggesting onomatopoeic movement. Cow lows and tromps; Horse whickers and shambles. The patterned text will have children joining in with gusto. Nichols’ digitally colored acrylic illustrations in hues of blue and gray nicely suggest a sleepy, twilit farm.
A pleasant bedtime tale and effortless read-aloud with a cuddly, quiet end. (Picture book. 2-6)