Bedtime for Mommy

Bedtime for Mommy

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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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When it's Mommy's bedtime, she begs her little girl for five more minutes? Ok, but then brush your teeth! But then Mommy wants another glass of water...more bath toys...
A hilarious reversal of the classic bedtime routine in which a little girl puts Mommy (and then Daddy) to bed.

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When it's Mommy's bedtime, she begs her little girl for five more minutes? Ok, but then brush your teeth! But then Mommy wants another glass of water...more bath toys...
A hilarious reversal of the classic bedtime routine in which a little girl puts Mommy (and then Daddy) to bed.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this reversal of roles in the bedtime routine, a mother tries all the familiar stall tactics when her daughter announces, "Time for bed, Mommy!" She tries everything from a plea for five more minutes to a final drink of water and the door left slightly ajar. The story is told in short sentences that fit neatly into dialogue balloons. The perky watercolor and ink cartoon-style illustrations on white backgrounds speak as clearly as the text. Some pages are wordless and allow readers to tell the story themselves. Little girls in particular will love sharing this bedtime story with their mothers.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A wry role-reversal tale finds a freckle-faced little girl cajoling her mother into bed. After granting her mom "five more minutes" at her desk, the tot gets her into the tub, helps her pick out tomorrow's outfit and reads her a book (just one-Anna Karenina-because "it's getting late"). A glass of water and a kiss later, this determined little girl is ready for the next task: "Daddy! Time for bed!" Rosenthal's text consists entirely of dialogue in speech bubbles, which makes way for Pham's ink-and-watercolor vignettes to milk the situation for all it's worth. Mommy's body language and expressions are so thoroughly childlike despite their entirely adult proportions that both kids and adults will find themselves giggling. It's a game played out in families everywhere and executed very well here. (Picture book. 3-6)
Publishers Weekly
It takes a loving but firm child to get a recalcitrant Mommy to bed—at least, that's how the little heroine of this tables-turned tale sees it. Mommy pulls out every trick in the book—including asking to be read two bedtime books instead of one (in one of several jokes aimed at adults, the evening's text is Anna Karenina). But the little girl never loses her voice of knowing authority. “Did you brush your teeth?” writes Rosenthal (Duck! Rabbit!). “A nice long time?” The always terrific Pham (Freckleface Strawberry) strikes just the right tone with her domestic satire (Mommy's highly physical critiques of the wardrobe choices for the next day have clearly been drawn from life). In fact, it's that very physicality—seeing an adult behaving in such recognizably childish ways (dancing with glee when the bath toys arrive) while the small girl affects a maternal persona (delivering an exhausted “Phew!” when all is said and done)—that is most likely to strike a chord with kids. But as clever as the book is, there isn't much to invite repeated readings. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904658
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the bestselling author of Little Pea, Little Oink, Spoon, Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons as well as Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life for adults. She is currently heading up a performance art movie called The Beckoning of Lovely in which lots of strangers do things together (see www.thebeckoningoflovely.wordpress.com) and is at work on many other books. See also Amy's website at www.whoisamy.wordpress.com.

Le Uyen Pham is the award-winning illustrator of Julianne Moore's Freckleface books as well as Big Sister, Little Sister and many other favorites. see www.leuyenpham.com.

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Bedtime for Mommy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PACEastRutherford More than 1 year ago
We bought it for our Great Nieces 5th Birthday - of course we had to read it - it's ADORABLE! So Cute - I can't wait till I send it to her - she's going to LOVE it and I'm sure read it several times also.
Sue_Corbett More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I could easily see becoming a bedtime classic -- a role-reversal tale in which the beleaguered, increasingly weary caregiver must persuade her unwilling charge that it's time for shut-eye. The caregiver here is one of LeUyen's familiar freckle-faced little girls. It's mommy who pulls out all the usual stalling tactics -- "five more minutes" (at her computer), a glass of water, a story (just one, so mom chooses Anna Karenina) Well-executed, the story ends with our heroine having just one more thing to do before she can collapse herself -- get Daddy into bed. Told entirely in dialogue, after one or two readings some kids will not even need the book to act out the domestic drama found within. Like William Steig's Pete's A Pizza, this charming story is ready to leap from the pages and become a nighttime ritual for parents and their pint-sized masters.
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BethK73 More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter found this book amusing, especially when she tried to tuck me into her bed when I read it to her the first time..:)
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