This bedtime story is full of charming wishes and spells.
It appears to be a typical evening as Oliver prepares for bedtime with dad in tow. Putting on his magical cape and grabbing his wizard wand, Oliver parades around his house casting spells. Typical nighttime routines presented include a before-bed snack, tooth-brushing, and a bedtime story. Detailed and delightful illustrations mirror Oliver’s wishes, imaginings, and fears of the dark. Throughout Oliver’s endeavors, his father happily follows Oliver’s wishes but reminds him of the importance of sleep, emphasizing to young readers that even “wizards need sleep.” When it’s time for a bedtime story, Oliver’s imagination comes alive and readers see his magical mind at work. Each time Oliver gets scared he casts his “best and most magical spell,” and his father always tells him, “That should do it,” confirming that nighttime fears can be pushed away. When Oliver casts his final spell by himself, he whispers his father’s reassurance: “That should do it,” illustrating to readers that a caregiver’s influence and love lend a child the security they need. Father and son present white.
A sweet adventure that will calm young readers before bedtime. (Picture book. 3-5)