Back to Bed, Ed!

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Getting ready for bed is lots of fun at Ed's house. Ed plays silly games with Dad. He has a drink and brushes his teeth. He takes a bath and cuddles with Mom for a bedtime story. Then Ed is off to bed with hugs and kisses. But while Ed loves going to bed, he doesn't like staying there. Night after night he tiptoes down the hall and climbs into Mom and Dad's big bed. Mom and Dad aren't getting much sleep so they come up with a plan to keep Ed in his bed. Ed doesn't think much of Mom and Dad's plan-so he comes up ...

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Overview

Getting ready for bed is lots of fun at Ed's house. Ed plays silly games with Dad. He has a drink and brushes his teeth. He takes a bath and cuddles with Mom for a bedtime story. Then Ed is off to bed with hugs and kisses. But while Ed loves going to bed, he doesn't like staying there. Night after night he tiptoes down the hall and climbs into Mom and Dad's big bed. Mom and Dad aren't getting much sleep so they come up with a plan to keep Ed in his bed. Ed doesn't think much of Mom and Dad's plan-so he comes up with one on his own!

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Publishers Weekly
A young mouse named Ed loves bedtime rituals, from bath time to story time to getting tucked in—it's the actual staying in his bed that he can't stand. Tired of dealing with their offspring-interloper (and just plain tired from having their sleep interrupted), Mom and Dad put a “Closed” sign on the bedroom door. But it's only after Ed himself comes up with a solution—packing his bed with all his stuffed animal pals—that he's able to stay put without a fuss. Braun's (On Our Way Home) reportorial tone (“The next morning they slept through the alarm. Dad was late for work. Ed was late for preschool”) establishes a calm but sympathetic mood for an anxiety-ridden subject, while his sturdy-looking, boldly colored cartoon vignettes provide plenty of visual reassurance, even when the emotional stakes are high. Most important, Braun ties the resolution to Ed's own ingenuity, and makes it clear that being able to comfort oneself doesn't just make life easier for everyone—it also represents an impressive (and enviable) leap forward. Ages 2–6. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
For many preschoolers, bedtime can be scary, making them reluctant or even downright obstinate. Ed, a mouse, however, loves getting ready for bed, from tooth-brushing and bubble bath to story with mom. BUT he hates staying in bed and uses the usual excuses of "too dark" and "monsters" to climb into bed with his parents. Sleepless Mom and Dad come up with a plan to keep Ed in his own bed with a "Closed" sign on their bedroom door. Does it work? Not completely, but a night light and a bed full of stuffed animals do, because Ed, after all, is a big mouse now. Large and simple, the illustrations of India ink, markers and colored pencils are quietly exuberant with bold typeface providing sound effects and the emphatic statements of "Go back to bed!" The images of sleepy and patently exasperated parents will elicit giggles; unmentioned in the text but present in the pictures, the new baby sleeping in a crib at the foot of Mom and Dad's bed gives a clue to Ed's difficulties. Reassuring and right up a toddler's nighttime alley. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457755
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Sales rank: 825,252
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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