Bedtime!

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It's bedtime. But Melanie is far too busy to sleep. The tower she is buildingneeds to be BIGGER—what if elephants come over to play? Yet Mom is just as stubborn as Melanie, and somebody is going to take a bath, put on her princess pajamas, kiss Daddy goodnight and get under the covers for a bedtime story. The only question is:Who? With irresistible illustrations by Steven Salerno, this hilarious picture book—based on a real event in the author's life—will light a mischievous ...
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Overview

It's bedtime. But Melanie is far too busy to sleep. The tower she is buildingneeds to be BIGGER—what if elephants come over to play? Yet Mom is just as stubborn as Melanie, and somebody is going to take a bath, put on her princess pajamas, kiss Daddy goodnight and get under the covers for a bedtime story. The only question is:Who? With irresistible illustrations by Steven Salerno, this hilarious picture book—based on a real event in the author's life—will light a mischievous gleam in the eyes of parents and children everywhere.

When Melanie is too busy playing to get ready for bed, her mother gives the special bedtime treatment to the dog, and Melanie misses some of the best parts of the routine.

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On this particular evening, Melanie, a little girl, is busy negotiating with her mother for one more minute before bedtime. She is preoccupied with her building blocks, needing just a few more long moments to complete her architectural masterpiece. In the meantime, her Mom substitutes Melanie with their willing dog Bart, who receives the girl's regular bedtime routine. The Mom obviously has a good sense of humor and a healthy dose of patience as Melanie's determination to finish her tower makes her blind to Bart's compliant "replacement" of her. Delightful illustrations reminiscent of the 1950s fill the pages of this lighthearted book bringing artful irony to the timelessness of this plot. Of course, Melanie's antics are inspired by a true, and universal, story. Children in denial of bedtime and the parents trying to enforce it will enjoy this realistic situation turned into a fun read. 2005, Philomel Books/Penguin, Ages 3 to 6.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Melanie resists preparing for bed, instead designing an ever-growing block tower in the event that large animals come to play. After calling her several times, Mother switches gears and gives Bart, the dog, a bath instead. Melanie continues on with her task, while the now brushed and groomed pup is the recipient of loving attention. Melanie is stunned when Bart, dressed in her favorite pajamas, listens to her bedtime story under her covers. All's well that ends well: Melanie and Bart are shown happily snuggled up on the final spread. Salerno's watercolor, gouache, and ink artwork has a stylized, modern retro look and a dynamic use of line. The illustrations maximize the action and provide plenty of humorous touches. This is an irresistible approach to the ups and downs of bedtime rituals.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Bedtime routine wins out over playtime. Melanie's request for just one more minute leads to many, as she continues to make a block tower for her animals. Her focus is so intense that she does not even notice when mom begins the nightly routine with the family dog! Bart enjoys the bath toys and a loving pat with a fluffy towel. It is not until Melanie hears her mom say, "Now let's brush your teeth," that Melanie's interest is piqued. By now, Bart is dressed in her favorite pajamas. The thought of missing more of the beloved ritual sends Melanie flying to brush her teeth and change clothes. Just in time for her favorite story, she and Bart curl up and quickly fall asleep. Salerno's facial expressions are the perfect accompaniment, capturing by turns the thoughtfulness, triumph, curiosity, accusation, dismay and worry that pass over Melanie's face. The dog gets equal treatment, as well, and readers will delight in seeing how much he enjoys the attention. The retro look of the colors and design work well, too. Sure to be a favorite for parents and children alike, but maybe not for the family cat. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399240041
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    A. D. Goose Tarbox, Writer

    As a mother I have always liked reading bedtime stories to my two boys and I picked this book to see what Christine Anderson wrote. The story was original and cute. How often do our little ones sometimes procastinate about going to bed? The parents in the story have a nice approach to get Melanie to bed and all without threats or anger. The illustrations were cartoonish, which kids will find fun. A. D. Tarbox, author of ALREADY ASLEEP

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