BEDTIME! by Christine Anderson

BEDTIME!

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Bedtime routine wins out over playtime. Melanie’s request for just one more minute leads to many, as she continues to make a block tower for her animals. Her focus is so intense that she does not even notice when mom begins the nightly routine with the family dog! Bart enjoys the bath toys and a loving pat with a fluffy towel. It is not until Melanie hears her mom say, “Now let’s brush your teeth,” that Melanie’s interest is piqued. By now, Bart is dressed in her favorite pajamas. The thought of missing more of the beloved ritual sends Melanie flying to brush her teeth and change clothes. Just in time for her favorite story, she and Bart curl up and quickly fall asleep. Salerno’s facial expressions are the perfect accompaniment, capturing by turns the thoughtfulness, triumph, curiosity, accusation, dismay and worry that pass over Melanie’s face. The dog gets equal treatment, as well, and readers will delight in seeing how much he enjoys the attention. The retro look of the colors and design work well, too. Sure to be a favorite for parents and children alike, but maybe not for the family cat. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-399-24004-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2005




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