Anything for You


Little Charlie would do anything for his mama. He would smile his biggest smile for her, draw a special picture for her, and he'd even let her be his best friend! So when it's time for bed and Mama asks him to snuggle down, shut his eyes, and sleep tight for her, Little Charlie is happy to say, "I'd do anything for you, Mama!"

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Little Charlie would do anything for his mama. He would smile his biggest smile for her, draw a special picture for her, and he'd even let her be his best friend! So when it's time for bed and Mama asks him to snuggle down, shut his eyes, and sleep tight for her, Little Charlie is happy to say, "I'd do anything for you, Mama!"

John Wallace's gentle story and Harry Horse's sweet illustrations capture the special love between a mother and a child in this perfect bedtime book.

About the Author

John Wallace is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Little Bean and Tiny Rabbit Goes to a Birthday Party. He lives with his wife in England.

Little Charlie the bear cub says he would do anything for his mother and proves it to her when bedtime arrives.

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A little cub tells Mama everything he'd do for her in this irresistibly adorable picture book from John Wallace and illustrator Harry Horse.

Following in the footsteps of Guess How Much I Love You? and other love-reaffirming tales, this charmer features Little Charlie, a cub who's been "helping" Mama dig in the garden, collect apples, and clean the house. After a long day, the critter has wound up making a mess -- and making himself dirty, to boot -- so Mama gets a bath ready for scrubbing up. When she asks him if he's ready to climb in, Little Charlie exclaims that "'I'd do anything for you,'" including climbing to the top of a tree, smiling his biggest smile, and even letting her be his best friend. A knowing Mama understands that Little Charlie is tired after a long day, however, and she asks if the best thing for him might be to go to sleep. Her cub is only too happy to oblige, and after he falls fast asleep, Mama whispers, "'I'd do anything for you, too.'"

This snuggly read is just the ticket to help little ones feel comforted by a parent's love. Wallace's easy text is paired with Horse's warm, jovial illustrations that show Mama drying off her tired cub after bath time, helping him put on his pj's, and finally putting him to bed -- all giving little ones that sense of security and happiness. A cute-as-a-button charmer to add to your before-sleep rituals. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
A cub named Little Charlie tries to help his mom around the house and garden, "but all he'd done was make a mess," writes Wallace (Little Bean). No matter-Little Charlie has plenty of ways to prove to Mama that "I'd do anything for you!" In a series of crisply inked, honey-tinted spot illustrations that radiate cozy domesticity, Horse (Little Rabbit Lost) follows the two as the cub peppers his bedtime preparations with declarations of good intent. Climbing into a nice, hot tub-Horse fills the page with cottony clouds of steam that dwarf the bathing bear-Little Charlie promises he would "swim to the end of the bathtub for you!... And all the way back again!" Wrapped in a towel and perched on his towering mother's shoulders (one of the many appealing ways Horse plays up the comic contrast in his characters' scale), Little Charlie swears, "I'd climb to the top of a really tall tree for you!" Mama wisely acknowledges her son's declarations with a sweet, non-binding "Would you?" but she eventually inquires, "Would you sleep tight for me?... All night long for me?" Snuggled into his warm bed, the exhausted fellow is only too happy to oblige. Younger readers will find much to savor here: the playfulness between mother and son, Mama's calm, warm demeanor and, above all, Little Charlie's confident rhetorical flourishes. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Charlie is a bear cub with a penchant for mishaps. He spends the day "helping" his mother—he digs up the flowers she's just planted, spills the bucket of apples she's just picked, and mops the floor while tracking muddy bear-cub footprints everywhere he goes. Mama Bear decides she's had enough help for one day and asks Little Charlie if he's ready for his bath. "Sure," he declares. "I'd do anything for you." Clever Mama Bear then asks Little Charlie if he'll brush his teeth, climb into bed, "snuggle down," close his eyes and go to sleep. And Little Charlie complies, continuing to assure his mother that he'll do anything for her. There are strong echoes here of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You, with the child's wild declarations of affection and the parent's quiet assurance of all encompassing love. The illustrations are gentle, yet highly expressive. This is an ideal bedtime book for preschoolers (and their tired parents, too). 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 7.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Pre S-Gr 2-A tender tale about the unconditional love shared by a mother bear and her son. After a busy day spent "helping" Mama in the garden and around the house, Little Charlie is a mess. When his mother asks him if he is ready to get into the tub, he replies, "I'd do anything for you!" As she bathes him and prepares him for bed, he gives numerous examples of the many ways he would prove his love ("I'd swim to the end of the bathtub-. And all the way back" or "I'd climb to the top of a really tall tree-"). Mama uses his promise to get him tucked in and fast asleep without a fuss. Typefaces of various sizes add expression to the text. The illustrations feature warm, autumn-hued colors sprinkled with colorful pastels. Small vignettes depict each of the things that Little Charlie would do for his mother. A perfect choice for bedtime or as a cozy read-aloud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Little Charlie has been working hard all day to help his mother do chores around the house. The little cub has tried to water the garden, pick apples, and mop the floor, but mostly, he's made a mess. Now he's tired and ready for bed. While climbing into his bath, he tells his mother, "I'll do anything for you." Bundled into his towel, he elaborates, finishing off the long list with the whispered words, "I'd even let you be my best friend." A clever and loving mother asks if he will snuggle into bed for the night, to which Little Charlie whispers, "Anything." Soft watercolor-and-pen illustrations of Little Charlie and his mother, following the daily rituals of mother and child, depict a familiar and quiet tale for the end of the day. Sweet and cozy. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060581299
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.76 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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