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Bed, Bed, Bed: A Bedtime Book


Four stories to read in the book!
Four new songs to sing on the CD inside the book!
You can enjoy Bed, Bed, Bed anytime and anywhere but it is especially good for bedtime, especially good to read out loud, and it's especially good to share.

An illustrated collection of four original songs, with accompanying CD, "sequenced ... to help parents and kids find their ...

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Four stories to read in the book!
Four new songs to sing on the CD inside the book!
You can enjoy Bed, Bed, Bed anytime and anywhere but it is especially good for bedtime, especially good to read out loud, and it's especially good to share.

An illustrated collection of four original songs, with accompanying CD, "sequenced ... to help parents and kids find their way to slumberland."

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They Might Be Giants venture into the land of books, and the result is one big success. Following the release of No!, their first CD for kids, Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell found a new audience among their steadfast followers of alt-rock mommies and daddies, and this charming picture book is another extension of their creativity.The illustrated collection of four original songs includes a CD for easy listening and features the illustrations of artist Marcel Dzama. Dzama's images encapsulate the general whimsy of the book in soft hues of red and brown that hark back to the days of the 1950s. Clean white backdrops provide the space for the characters -- two young children, a tuxedo-clad rabbit and a tangerine octopus, to name a few -- to become the stars.

The first song/chapter questions the concept of "Impossible," with imagination taking the front seat. Want to be an "octofish"? "Though it happens quite impossibly, the impossible turns out to be possibly." While a silly song at first glance, this is a fine example of showing youngsters it's okay to dream big. After all, these are the Giants we are talking about. "Happy Doesn't Have to Have an Ending" stars a longhaired hippie kitten, a love-crazed bundle of fur who believes in good times and dancing all night. These first two songs are a bit lively to be deemed "bedtime" music, but they do inspire smiles and silliness, which is always good fodder for sweet dreams. By contrast, "Idlewild" is a wistful song, with lyrics and illustrations that paint a lovely picture of a day at the carnival. But the big hit here is "Bed, Bed, Bed," an inspired lullaby that follows all the big events of one child's day, from reading to brushing teeth to practicing the guitar. But now, she croons, "I've had my fun, I've stretched and yawned and all is said and done, I'm going to Bed. Bed. Bed. Bed. Bed." A different version of this song appears on the CD -- in lieu of the slow pace and soothing female voice featured here is a more chaotic appeal to the ending of the day with rockin' riffs, funky jazz licks, and mooing cows. We prefer the more tranquil version to lull little ones into slumber, but one thing is clear: They Might Be Giants have surpassed the realm of indie music gods and triumphed in the kids' world with a guitar in their arms, love in their heart, and an octofish by their side. Amy Barkat

Publishers Weekly
The Grammy-winning alternative rock/pop duo of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, better known as They Might Be Giants, released its first children's music album last year, and now continues to stretch its wings with this picture-book adaptation of four of its songs. The text/lyrics fittingly dance across the pages, divided into four vignettes. With their dreamy quality, "Impossible" ("Though it happens quite impossibly,/ the impossible turns out to be/ possibly") and "Idlewild" may prime bedtime imaginations. Though it works well with the musical accompaniment, the catchy number "Happy Doesn't Have to Have an Ending," about a "long-haired hippie kitten" that cuts a rug, is less successful as a stand-alone verse than its three companion songs. And the title track/story makes a fine tucking-in tune-cum-read-aloud. Throughout, the diminutive book features spare and delicate ink-and-watercolor paintings with a limited palette of moss green, brown, red and gray. And youngsters will likely take a shine to the boy, girl and various fantastic and humorous creatures that cavort from scene to scene. Paired with an equally small and delicate typeface, these compositions suggest a child's book of yesteryear. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Intended to be a lullaby for preschoolers, this offering from They Might Be Giants does not achieve its purpose. While this collection of four songs (on the accompanying CD) will delight fans of the group, they do not fill the bill as lullabies. By definition, lullabies are songs to quiet children or lull them to sleep. These relatively loud and boisterous songs will do anything but lull them to sleep. The four stories are somewhat whimsical, but lack the child's eye at the center. The illustrations are not engaging for the preschool audience. Ozama's palette is dull and lacking any kind of energy. All in all, They Might Be Giants would do better sticking to their own milieu and leaving the children's books for those who know what children want and need. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Ages 18 mo. to 3.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743250245
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/3/2003
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

They Might Be Giants (aka "TMBG") is an American alternative music group from Brooklyn, NY. The group was founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who released their first album in 1986. Throughout their 25+ year career, the band has racked up several charting albums and singles, as well as two Grammy awards—one in 2002 for their song "Boss Of Me", (the theme song for Malcolm in the Middle) and the other in 2009 for their children's album Here Come The 123s. They continue to record alternative albums while branching out into the realm of children's music, and have sold over 4 million records in total.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Scary for Toddlers

    My 2 year old received this book as a birthday gift. The pictures are scary to her- we haven't even opened the CD. I enjoy TMBG, but perhaps this book is better suited for slightly older children than described by the publisher as 'infants or children in preschool'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    For all ages!

    Another masterpiece from TMBG! My kids(7,7,& 10)love all their work and they thought the book was tres cool. Their No! cd has also been an excellent addition to our ever growing TMBG collection. They Might Be Giants write songs kids and parents can stand to listen to and sing together about concepts everyone should enjoy. Long-haired hippie kittens unite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Very well written!

    i think this book would be great for kids just learning how to read. Love the themes thoughout the book, the c.d. is a nice touch too.

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