What You Need to Know:|
• This new picture book is sure to be a favorite at bedtime.
• Get your reader involved as they help you “tuck in” each little animal featured in the book.
• The use of repetitive phrases will engage audiences and encourage them to join in with the story.
• Appropriate for bedtime or anytime.
• The vibrant colors and cool designs give this book a lively, hip feel.
What better way to get your little one to bed than by giving them the chance to tuck in some friends? That's just what they get to do in this creative, new picture book. On each page sprawls an adorable animal with its head on a pillow, supposedly ready for bed. The innocent, wide eyes staring back at us definitely suggest otherwise. As we turn each page, asking who needs to be tucked in, we find a half page that transforms into a cleverly designed blanket as the reader turns it over. The repetition of “Who else needs to be tucked in?” and "I do!" are perfect for young readers and they are sure to join in after just a few pages. I like the use of some unexpected animals – we’ve seen plenty of pigs and elephants but I can’t remember the last time I saw such a cute moose and hedgehog.
This book reminds me of when my daughter and I used to go around her room as we said goodnight to everything from the dresser to the glow-in-the-dark moon and stars glued to her ceiling. Somehow that always helped her get in the mood for bed and I’m sure that this book will have a similar effect on your reader. The expression on each digitally created animal delivers a subtle message of calm and tranquility mixed in with a bit of humor. I especially like the baby alligator that looks like he’s waiting for a hug. Some fun things your readers will enjoy discovering are the textured blanket on the front cover and the animals floating on the front and back inside covers. They (and you too!) may find inspiration in the peaceful, sleeping animals found at the end of the book.
2010, 40 pages
• Do you have a special routine before bedtime? What do you like to do best?
• Do you think the animals fall asleep in the end?
• Which animal is your favorite?
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