THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper

THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

 After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. A little boy is tooling around the house in his toy car when his mother calls him to bed. Unhappy with that prospect, he motors the car right into a fantasy land to look for nighttime revellers. It's late; everyone he encounters is sleepy. ``Nighttime is for snoring, not roaring,'' says the tiger, and some soldiers concur in their own manner. The train is too tired; so are the musicians and the moon. Even his toy car nods off. Pushing it homeward, he runs into his mother, ``someone who was ever so sleepy, but couldn't go to bed before the boy did.'' A lullaby book isn't necessarily supposed to be full of zip, but the characters possess such little life that the story seems inordinately drawn out. As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-8037-2253-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1997




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