Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's

Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's

by Julie Sternberg, Adam Gudeon
     
 


It’s bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s, but neither of these bunnies seems to be listening to Mama. She is trying to read them a bedtime book, one of her favorites from when she was a little bunny. But Bessie is more interested in her headstands, and Lil is practicing her skipping. Will they ever get to bed? Alternating between the girls playing in their… See more details below

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Overview


It’s bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s, but neither of these bunnies seems to be listening to Mama. She is trying to read them a bedtime book, one of her favorites from when she was a little bunny. But Bessie is more interested in her headstands, and Lil is practicing her skipping. Will they ever get to bed? Alternating between the girls playing in their room and the interior pages of Mama’s book, this heartfelt story offers just the right mixture of humor and sweetness. With irresistible illustrations and lyrical text, it is both a celebration of sisterhood and a perfect way for parents to coax their own active
little ones to bed.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/12/2015
Two bunnies strain their mother’s patience in a story powered by impetuous dialogue and Gudeon’s (Me and Meow) spry ink-and-gouache pictures. As Mama reads a bedtime story, Lil snuggles into her lap, but Bessie practices headstands and interrupts when the mother in the book tucks her little ones into bed. “I really like the word tuck,” Bessie muses. “I want to say it ten times fast.” Lil complains, “Can we read?” but soon becomes distracted herself; prompted by another line in the storybook, Lil demonstrates her skipping skills, and Bessie joins in. Tired of scolding, Mama finishes the story alone, but frets again when the bunnies insist on kissing their baby sibling goodnight (“Please, please, please don’t wake the baby”). Although oddly pixelated in places, Gudeon’s illustrations match the understated humor of Sternberg’s (Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie) true-to-life take on bedtime. The artist used tea bags to tint the muted, crackled pages of Mama’s well-worn storybook, creatively demarcating that placid setting from the sisters’ high-energy world. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)
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“Gudeon’s illustrations match the understated humor of Sternberg’s (Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie) true-to-life take on bedtime.” – Publishers Weekly

“Gudeon's lively illustrations… combine with the upbeat young rabbits' exploits to make this an entertaining daytime read for kindergarteners.” – School Library Journal

“…a gentle bedtime story… A sweet spin on the bedtime book that many households will probably find familiar.” - Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie Leddy
Bessie and Lil, like most children, are not ready to settle down for a story and bedtime. Bessie stands on her head while Mama Rabbit reads her favorite book to Lil. Lil, hearing the word “skipped,” interrupts to say that she knows how to skip. And skip she does, with helpful instructions from Bessie, who soon joins her and joyfully shouts, “I’m skipping!” Mama Rabbit quiets them and says that they will wake the baby. Soon, Mama Rabbit is reading the book to herself while the little bunnies contemplate the moon and search for fireflies outside of their window. After a quick trip to quietly blow kisses to the baby, they are finally ready to settle down with kisses of their own. All readers can identify with the events in this book. Children will enjoy Bessie and Lil’s antics as they stretch out their bedtime. Parents will sympathize with Mama Rabbit’s frustration and her fear of waking the baby. Despite this little friction, the love is clearly evident in the tone of the story. Gudeon’s illustrations mirror the feelings of Sternberg’s text, whether the bunnies are skipping or blowing kisses to the baby. Unique are the many types of carrot toys that the bunnies have for play: carrot cars, carrot spaceships and carrot pillows are scattered around their room. Carrots even march across the front end-pages while the fireflies from Mama’s storybook fill the back end-pages. This picture book is one that children will request at bedtime. Reviewer: Stephanie Leddy; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
02/01/2015
PreS-K—Mama Rabbit would very much like her two energetic daughters to go to bed. Bessie does headstands; Lil practices skipping. When Mama Rabbit isn't reminding the girls not to wake the baby, she reads aloud from one of her favorite bedtime stories, a sweet, soothing tale reminiscent of Goodnight Moon. While the main story about Mama, Bessie, and Lil is painted in kinetic pinks and purples, the pages of the story-within-a-story have gentler shapes and tints and are cleverly encased in book-shaped frames. These few scenes interrupt the action and insert brief moments of calm among the bedtime escapades. They are also—with the exception of the book's final page—the only times that Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's might succeed in easing young readers toward sleep. This raises two pertinent questions: Is this a bedtime story? What age group will enjoy it? While the language and plot may appeal to younger children (and to mothers who empathize with Mama Rabbit), it may be too wordy for little ones. Gudeon's lively illustrations, though, combine with the upbeat young rabbits' exploits to make this an entertaining daytime read for kindergarteners. VERDICT An additional purchase.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-12-06
Big-sister bunnies Bessie and Lil come perilously close to waking the baby bunny as their mother tries to get everyone to bed.In a metafictive setup, Mama Rabbit tries to read her daughters a gentle bedtime story about a mother rabbit putting her own three bunnies to bed. It's quickly apparent that she's having much less success than her book-within-the-book counterpart. Bessie and Lil don't settle down as they listen and instead take inspiration from the story's references to skipping, fireflies and the sound of the word "tuck" to make interjections and bounce around the room. Mama starts to get exasperated but eventually decides to read to herself while her girls occupy themselves by looking out the window for fireflies. When they ask to kiss the baby goodnight, Mama acquiesces with some trepidation, but the girls are very quiet and careful and don't wake him. Then they kiss her goodnight, too, and only need to be shushed twice before they drift off to dream of skipping about with fireflies. It's ultimately a gentle bedtime story, after all. Gudeon's sweet ink-and-gouache paintings, "stained and textured with teabags," include details that add to characterization through items in the girls' bedroom—a rocket ship that looks like a carrot, family portraits on the wall and so on. A sweet spin on the bedtime book that many households will probably find familiar. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590789346
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/03/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,306,366
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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