Bedtime for Boo

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After a night of haunting, Boo the little ghost is wide awake! But Mama Ghost knows just what to do to help Boo fall asleep. "Listen," she says, and Boo slowly dozes off to the comforting creaks and squeaks of the house. This lullaby-like picture book has the lyrical beauty of Margaret Wise Brown and is the perfect bedtime read.
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Overview

After a night of haunting, Boo the little ghost is wide awake! But Mama Ghost knows just what to do to help Boo fall asleep. "Listen," she says, and Boo slowly dozes off to the comforting creaks and squeaks of the house. This lullaby-like picture book has the lyrical beauty of Margaret Wise Brown and is the perfect bedtime read.
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Publishers Weekly
In debut author Matheis’s twist on a conventional bedtime story, a chubby, cherubic ghost named Boo lives with his family in a dilapidated house. After a fun night of flying and spooking, it’s time for bed. Coaxing Boo to sleep, his curly-haired Mama tucks him in, urging him to “Listen to the sounds of the house,” including the ghosts whooshing by, bats flapping, and black cats hissing. Leick’s characterizations of the ghosts, witches, mummies, and more are so gentle that even skittish readers will feel cozy, not creeped-out, at book’s end. Ages 2–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Boo is really excited. He is going to have a chance to go out into the night with the adults. He flits through the sky and joins the fun as they dance with swirling leaves, but then Mama says it is time to fly home. Back in the old house with the cracked glass windows, Boo protests that he is not the least bit sleepy. Mama knows better and tells Boo that she will help him get to sleep. She encourages him to describe all the sounds that he hears—bats flapping, clocks ticking, mice squeaking, and ghosts floating by with a whoosh. The sounds are supposed to help Boo relax and head for dreamland and luckily for him they do. Some of us might be kept awake by a ticking clock or scurrying mice, but not little Boo. The ghosts and other creatures are rendered with plenty of smiles so little ones are spared a fright. According to the publisher "this lullaby-like picture book has the lyrical beauty of Margaret Wise Brown and is the perfect bedtime read." A bit of a stretch in this reviewer's opinion.
Kirkus Reviews
What begins as a lyrical bedtime book featuring a friendly, freckled ghost evolves into a gentle rhyming interactive story for not-so-sleepyheads. Lush language describes a spooky, dilapidated setting where "a family of ghosts" lives. Boo is the "littlest" and can finally stay up late and go a-haunting. After a rollicking evening of games with the big ghosts, Boo and his mama return home. When Boo protests that he is not tired enough to sleep, Mama suggests he "listen to the sounds of the house." Once his eyes are closed, he can hear the ghosts whooshing, bats flapping, footsteps tapping, spiders clicking, a clock ticking. The thrice-repeated noises get more boisterous and potentially scary: Witches cackle, skeletons rattle, monsters moan, wolves howl. But always there is the gentle, reassuring sound of the ghosts' whoosh. Leick's illustrations with muted colors and soft textures feature amiable, transparent human-headed ghosts who cavort and cuddle on full-bleed pages. This is most successful on double-page spreads, less so in the frameless side-by-side pages, especially where the gutter cuts off an owl's wing. Quibbles aside, this is a sweet tale for young preschoolers getting into the Halloween spirit. Similar tales abound, so purchase as needed. (Picture book. 2-4)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Little Boo, the smallest in a family of ghosts, is excited to join the others on their nightly haunt. He plays hide-and-seek among the clouds, spooks an owl, and swirls fallen leaves off the ground. But when the festivities are done and bedtime calls Boo just isn't sleepy. Mama coaxes him into bed and lulls him to sleep by encouraging him to listen to the sounds of the house: rattling skeletons, flapping bats, clicking spiders, groaning floors and more. This is a fun alternative to the standard bedtime story. The description of the different sounds is done with repetitive onomatopoeic text that provides a rhythmic cadence and occasional rhymes make it a pleasing read aloud. The font changes for each sound as well, drawing attention to the phrases for an older audience and providing opportunity for some dramatic reading and sound effects. The illustrations are endearing; the smiley ghouls and beasties have only the slightest touch of creepiness, keeping it appropriate for the youngest of readers. A great choice for Halloween! Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Baby Boo is the youngest member in a not-so-scary family of ghosts. They are going "a-haunting," and Boo is excited since this will be the first time he gets to join them. Flying in the night sky, playing hide-and-seek behind the clouds, and whistling "happy-ghost-lucky" songs are all great fun. But it is all soon over and time for bed. Boo isn't tired, but Mama Ghost has an idea to help him fall asleep: "Listen to the sounds of the house," she says. Ghosts float by, "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh." Bats are "flapping, flapping/And footsteps tapping-tapping, tapping." Doors creak, skeletons rattle, wolves howl, and monsters moan. And soon little Boo is asleep. Those sounds are a familiar part of his safe and warm home. This rhyming tale is rendered with acrylics in dark, but not frightening, hues. It is suitable as a fall bedtime story one-on-one, or paired with Halloween favorites such as Eve Bunting's Scary, Scary Halloween (Clarion, 1986) and Lucille Colandro's There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat (Scholastic, 2005) for lighthearted seasonal storytimes.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869914
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MICKIE MATHEIS lives in a ghost-free but nonetheless spirited home in northeast Ohio with her husband and three young children. Growing up, the sound that soothed her to sleep at night was the furnace kicking on, which is still one of her favorite house sounds—along with the sleepy chatter of her children at bedtime. Mickie has written numerous licensed titles for young readers. Bedtime for Boo is her first original book.
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