Bed, Bed, Bed: A Bedtime Book

Bed, Bed, Bed: A Bedtime Book

by John Flansburgh, Marcel Dzama
     
 

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.

Four stories to read in the book!
Four new songs to sing on the CD inside the book!
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Overview

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743250245
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/03/2003
Edition description:
Book & CD
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
404,093
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

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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