10 Minutes till Bedtime

10 Minutes till Bedtime

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by Peggy Rathmann
     
 

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It's almost bedtime!  At 1 Hoppin Place the fun begins when a family of hamsters-with ten offspring wearing jerseys numbered from one to ten-arrives at the door.  There are only ten minutes left, and there's still so much to do!  But with the help of the Hamsters' 10-Minute Bedtime Tour (guided by his own pet hamster), the little boy is able to get

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It's almost bedtime!  At 1 Hoppin Place the fun begins when a family of hamsters-with ten offspring wearing jerseys numbered from one to ten-arrives at the door.  There are only ten minutes left, and there's still so much to do!  But with the help of the Hamsters' 10-Minute Bedtime Tour (guided by his own pet hamster), the little boy is able to get his toys put away, his pajamas on, his teeth brushed, and his bedtime story read-all in the nick of time.  This lively introduction to bedtime rituals and the concept of counting backwards will have young readers eagerly awaiting their own countdown to bedtime.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Tales about stalling bedtime abound but none wag more cleverly than Rathmann's humorous picture book." -School Library Journal

"Will enchant any child who has listened to a similar countdown to lights out." -Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Caldecott Medalist Rathmann (Officer Buckle and Gloria) builds a captivating series of mini-plots from a basic countdown premise with few words and abundant action. A child--who could be a girl or boy--plays with an energetic hamster family with just 10 minutes to go before she's tucked into bed. As the child's father idly reads the newspaper and clocks the passing time ("9 minutes till bedtime"), a rotund hamster in a blue conductor's uniform echoes each announcement with a tiny megaphone. Meanwhile, the hamster parents and their 10 active offspring, distinguishable by numbered yellow-and-red striped jerseys, frolic throughout the house. Rathmann endows each with a distinctive personality: Numbers 3 and 4 are twins, 8 shows only its rear end and stroller-bound toddler 10 declares "eat" and "more!" After additional golden-brown rodents arrive (in Goodnight Gorilla fashion) at the front door (raising the count to well above 50), the child reads this very book to a vast audience, takes a bath surrounded by furry beachgoers (and lotion, ants and sunglasses galore), then hurries through other pre-bed rituals before a final cry of "Bedtime!" Every engrossing illustration provides an exercise in numerals and Where's Waldo?-style concentration; die-hard fans will not only count Gorilla among the throngs, but Officer Buckle opens and closes the show, and young readers will note Rathmann's return to Napville for this nocturnal adventure. If Rathmann has her way, young slumberers will be counting hamsters, not sheep, as they drift off to sleep. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (PW best book of 1998)
Children's Literature
It's "10 minutes till bedtime," Father intones from behind his newspaper, but the fun is just beginning. A boy and his hamster lead a slew of arriving hamsters on the "10-minute Bedtime Tour," with stops in the kitchen (for animal crackers and fruit), the bathroom (for teeth-brushing), a bedtime story, and a final trip to the bathtub. As the hamsters trundle off, the young hero settles in for the night. Rathmann brings her delightful sense of humor and a sunny palette to the spry illustrations, which feature lots of visual jokes for attentive readers (Officer Buckle, Gloria, and Goodnight Gorilla even make special appearances). Fans of I Spy and Waldo books will love tracing the adventures of the hamsters, particularly Hamster #7, who takes pictures along the way. Hamster #6, also interesting, collects souvenirs such as toothbrushes and bananas from the tour. The book is mainly wordless, with the father's gradual countdown and occasional asides from the hamsters providing the only text. Attentive readers will be rewarded with lots of smiles. 2001, Penguin Putnam, $7.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Kathleen Kelly
Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
It's "10 minutes till bedtime," Father intones from behind his newspaper, but the fun is just beginning. A boy and his hamster lead a slew of arriving hamsters on the "10-minute Bedtime Tour," with stops in the kitchen (for animal crackers and fruit), the bathroom (for teeth-brushing), a bedtime story, and a final trip to the bathtub. As the hamsters trundle off, the young hero settles in for the night. Rathmann brings her delightful sense of humor and a sunny palette to the spry illustrations, which feature lots of visual jokes for attentive readers (Officer Buckle, Gloria, and Goodnight Gorilla even make special appearances). Fans of I Spy and Waldo books will love tracing the adventures of the hamsters, particularly Hamster #7, who takes pictures along the way (and even, in one fascinating spread, appears to be taking a picture of the reader!). Hamster #6, also interesting, collects souvenirs such as toothbrushes and bananas from the tour. The book is mainly wordless, with the father's gradual countdown and occasional asides from the hamsters providing the only text. Attentive readers will be rewarded with lots of smiles.
School Library Journal
(PreS-Gr 2) Tales about stalling bedtime abound but none wag more cleverly than Rathmann's humorous picture book. The countdown begins for the spiky-haired, bunny-slippered boy who lives at 1 Hoppin Place when his father announces, "10 minutes till bedtime." Suddenly, a family of hamsters, all decked out in numbered jerseys, arrive at the door and are greeted by a hamster tour guide (the child's pet), who shouts, "All aboard!" As the boy's oblivious, newspaper-reading father issues a minute-by-minute countdown, the tour bus heads to the kitchen for a snack, stops in the bathroom for cleaning up, and ends up in the bedroom for a story. Just as the boy begins to read, the tour guide shouts, "More coming!" Hordes of vacationing hamsters arrive in a variety of vehicles, and the frenzied pages overflow with a series of amusing sideshows. Finally, the child shouts, "Bedtime!" and everyone clears out before his father's goodnight kiss. Picture a combination of Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam, 1995)-both of whom make cameo appearances-and Martin Handford's Where's Waldo? (Candlewick, 1997) and that conveys the zaniness, style, and ingenuity at play here. Children will pore over the comical details and follow closely the antics of the numbered hamsters, each one with a personality of its own. Every aspect of page design adds to the fun, including the endpapers that feature hamster family photos. Rathmann has another hit, one that will extend years of bedtime deadlines, but who's counting?-Julie Cummins, New York Public Library.
Barbara Bader
Peggy Rathmann's new book hasn't the one-two punch of its predecessors, Officer Buckle and Gloria and Good Night, Gorilla (both repeatedly invoked here), but what it does have is the Rathmann sense of small-fry mischief. (Ten minutes until bedtime: what will you do?) And the book has her delight in detail: the marginalia, multiplied, is the main attraction. A blue-capped and jacketed hamster leaps from his cage, in his exercise wheel, on the title-page spread; the hamster's boy constructs an excursion wagon, propelled by the exercise wheel, on the copyright page. A page turn, and we're inside the story: the boy's father, behind a newspaper, loudly intones, "10 minutes till bedtime," as the boy and the hamster peer out a picture window at an approaching precession of tiny figures...which materialize into an extensive hamster family, the children sporting sweaters numbered one to ten and already, barely inside the door, making mayhem as the "bedtime tour" commences. At the sound of "9 minutes till bedtime," they board the excursion wagon; at "8 minutes till bedtime," they're in the kitchen snacking on animal crackers plus; "7 minutes till bedtime" finds them in the bathroom, cavorting with toothbrushes. Minute by minute, they mimic the boy's bedtime routine-interrupted, at the five-minute count, by an influx of vacationing ham-sters literally and figuratively without number. The ensuing commotion, followed by the mad scramble to exit as the countdown comes to a final, ringing close, is the essence of explosive fun. But wait: the boy is in bed, kissed by his father, and the hamster family remains, ensconced (chiefly) in the pet hamster's cage-where, in Rathmann's most cunning touch, the hamster mother is knitting a tiny sweater, numbered eleven. How come, if the tour is over, they get to stay? Best not look for logic. In Rathmann's deft hands, the mounting and subsiding tumult, and the laugh-along hamster antics, are attractions enough.
--Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
Rathmann (Officer Buckle and Gloria, 1995, etc.) offers a loony look at the shank of one child's evening in this manic picture book. The story is in the pictures; the text consists of the calling out of the countdown of the last ten minutes to bedtime by a boy's father, comfortably ensconced in his armchair and behind a newspaper. In the newspaper and on a computer screen, though, readers glimpse an ad for www.hamstertours.com. The boy's hamster has apparently offered the ten-minute bedtime tour to every hamster in the world, and while the boy snacks, brushes his teeth, and reads a story (this very book, as it happens), more and more hamsters arrive, in toy cars and oatmeal-box trucks and on foot. By the time it is "2 minutes to bedtime," our hero either realizes he's forgotten his bath or decides to give the multitudinous hamsters more of a show, so he leaps into the tub and out, dries himself, uses the potty, gets back into his green-striped pajamas, and into bed shouting an answering "Bedtime!" to his father's cry. The hamsters melt away and the father comes in for a goodnight kiss. The colors are clear and cheerful; the boy, with his saucer eyes and fuzzy slippers, will enchant any child who has listened to a similar countdown to lights out. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142400241
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
120,176
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
"Tales about stalling bedtime abound but none wag more cleverly than Rathmann's humorous picture book." -School Library Journal

"Will enchant any child who has listened to a similar countdown to lights out." -Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.

"In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life."

Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

"I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas."

Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.

"I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister."

The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the "Most Promising New Author" distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.

A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.

"When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house."

That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.

The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.

"We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter."

Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally, I checked this out from the library for my 2 year old daughter. We loved it so much, we bought another copy for a 2 year old girl from our church's Angel Tree. The two best features of this book: only a few words, and TONS of things to look at. This encourages the parent and the child to discuss the pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 My daughter loved this book growing up so when one of her high school teachers had a baby, we couldn't resist buying her this great book.  Finding all the numbers on each page was a pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever! Now I am buying another for my great-grandson who is turning 3 on Saturday....My other three great grandsons love this book so I could not pass it down to my 3 year old... Love, Love, Love this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are cute pictures, but since this book has very few words I think it is better suited for an older toddler. My 12 month old has not been too interested in it so far... Hopefully he will like it as he gets older.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have a great time checking out different hampsters each time we read it! Great bedtime reading--easy and fun.
WildHare More than 1 year ago
Bought this for the youngest child of my friend. Basically found it by searching for children's books with "hamster" in them because I needed a book to go with the cuddly plush hamster I had picked out. When I received the book (at work) we all looked through it and had a great time! The little hamsters are adorable and the story is fun. There are so many details to find in the illustrations that you see something new each time. I recently received a thank you note telling me that I had picked a great book. The whole family is having fun reading it and looking for all the hamsters. I have always loved children's books (especially if they are fun and illustrated well) and am going to add this to my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the bedtime countdown begins, so does the hamster tour...run by the pet hamster and joined by the little boy who has 10 Minutes till Bedtime. My daughter loves this book and narrates the story...even adding in the hamster's comments here and there - after many readings, she has these memorized. She yells 'BEDTIME' at the appropriate pages and is ready for bed when the story ends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. My daughter is 17 months old and she grabs this book for bedtime almost every night. We love it because you use your own imagination to tell the story to go with the gorgeous pictures. Plus there are so many things for our daughter to find and point out herself. I think it encourages her to THINK! Which Mommy and Daddy love. She already loves to read, so why not read the best???
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book that just begs to be enjoyed! Children who are non-readers can easily follow the drawings about the 10 minutes before bedtime. It's even more fun to sit with a child and have them 'tell' the story to you! They will enjoy looking at the intricacies of the pictures and may be surprised to find something new each time they open the book! A good selection for any preschool class or home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter has worn through 6 copies of this, so now we're on lucky copy #7... a classic book by any standard. It's the only book that *has* to go to bed with her, and I try to keep a back-up on hand. We recommend this to all parents of lil kids 8-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Daughter-in-Law bought this book while on a trip to Paris for her son. This is his favorate book. It comes out every nite to be read, and is actually now beginning to help solve the problem of getting someone ready to go to bed. We have gotten our own copy (in English) so that when he visits, the routine will not be broken-just a slight change in the languare-although both Grandma and Grandpa can read the French. Get this book-its a pleasure!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book at the library and plan on purchasing it for my 2 year old who just loves it. He can recite everything the little hamster says, locate the little ant, and track hamster # 9 on each page who seems to love heights. We have fun reading it every night before bed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old can actually 'read' what the littlest hamster says. It is a great book without alot of words but a whole lot of action. I am actually buying 20 for party favorts for her b-day. She just loves it.