Bedtime Hullabaloo

Bedtime Hullabaloo

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by David Conway, Charles Fuge
     
 

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One night on the silly savannah, a ludicrous leopard is leapfrogging to bed and a hat-wearing hyena is half asleep. All of a sudden they hear a terrible racket and decide to follow the noise. They are in for a big surprise when they discover the unlikely cause of all the hullabaloo—and readers are in for a big treat with this wonderfully illustrated, humorous

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One night on the silly savannah, a ludicrous leopard is leapfrogging to bed and a hat-wearing hyena is half asleep. All of a sudden they hear a terrible racket and decide to follow the noise. They are in for a big surprise when they discover the unlikely cause of all the hullabaloo—and readers are in for a big treat with this wonderfully illustrated, humorous read-aloud.

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School Library Journal
PreS-K—Conway returns to the African savanna where a leopard, giraffe, baboon, and other animals cannot get to sleep because they are disturbed by snorts and grunts. On their way to find out what is causing the terrible racket, they gather several other tired beasts. They finally discover the source of all the commotion—a tiny shrew in a pink tutu with a very loud snore. Together, the animals growl and screech until they wake the offender and are able to fall asleep. The last page shows that the shrew has plans to make sure the others do not sleep for long. This slight story starts out sounding like it is going to be an adventure in alliteration, but the wordplay stops abruptly on the next page and then appears sporadically in the rest of the book. Fuge's illustrations of goofy, wide-eyed animals reflect the silliness of the text, but some of his drawings border on the grotesque (the giraffe sitting on his rump looks too weird to be funny). And the punch line of the entire tale is given away on the back cover. Skip this one and go for another reading of Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Hyperion, 2008).—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A terrible racket at bedtime sends leopard off to find its source. He meets other animals along the way, all getting ready for bed in their own manner, and they form a parade. Leopard leads giraffe, baboon, hyena, meerkat, zebra, lion, ostrich and water buffalo. The source of the noise is sure to be a giggle-inducing surprise, as is the predictable but still enjoyable ending. Fuge's jewel-toned illustrations give readers no doubt as to the story's savanna setting. Squinting eyes and twitching mouths (many echoing mid-to-late-century Disney animation) bring the characters to life as they blearily and angrily set off to find the source of the racket. Conway's tale is well-crafted, but his prose methods are inconsistent. Leopard's page contains lots of alliteration, while baboon's page and several others feature some rhyme, and still other pages are chockablock with synonyms. Sadly, none of these devices is carried throughout the text, which will cause confusion for both oral readers and listeners. Still, this could be an amusing African-themed complement to The Napping House. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802721709
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID CONWAY lives in London, England. Bedtime Hullabaloo is his first picture book published in the United States.

CHARLES FUGE is the illustrator of dozens of picture books, including Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball. He is passionate about the natural world and its preservation and lives in England.

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"The text is big, bold and a pleasure to read aloud, starting out as prose and breaking into rhyme with plenty of alliteration, onomatopoeia and repetition throughout to add to the fun."- Books for Keeps "A book packed with animal fun that is bound to make the small people smile."-Writeaway "There's lots of fun to be had with the playful language in this beautifully produced picture book, and Charles Fuge's stunningly colourful illustrations are almost luminous. A treat for children of 4+ and the adults who read to them."- LSE (Books of the Month) "Vivid and detailed illustrations set against deep pinks, purples and blues of the evening and night sky make this book a visual delight."-Nursery World Magazine "This wildlife trail unfolds in a romp that's brightly coloured with plenty to spot and laugh at."- Junior "Fabby, we really liked reading this Bedtime Hullabaloo story. All the animals are suberb and the ending is wonderful."- Totz2teens 5/5 "Bedtime Hullabaloo" by David Conway is a romp to read aloud. Full of alliteration and sound words..."- Post-Tribune "This great read-aloud makes wonderful use of incorporating alliteration, unusual vocabulary and some rhyming text. The illustrations are amazingingly detailed and funny. But the children will be delighted most of all to see what is making the hullabaloo!"- SWON Libraries "A very highly recommended read."- Midwest Book Review "Full of lovely humorous touches." -School Librarian TOP TEN BOOKS FOR MAY Madeformums "This alliterative, onomatopoetic romp will elicit many giggles at bedtime. On the "silly Savannah a ludicrous leopard was leapfrogging into bed" when he heard a terrible racket. Following the hullabaloo he passed a sleepy singing giraffe, a book-reading baboon, even a hat-wearing hyena among others, and each decide to join him in locating the source of the cacophonous din. To their surprise, the noise was not made by a "raucous rhinoceros" an "ear-splitting elephant" or a "crazy monkey" but a tiny, pink tutu-wearing shrew. Her mighty snores were keeping them all awake. They wake her from her "thunderous slumber" and fall in a heap sound asleep with loud grunts and snorts of their own. But they will need to watch out; shrew has the last laugh. From beginning to end this tale is a perfect gem. Rich vibrant watercolors with bold touches of whimsy bring life to the animals of the Savannah. The parade of sleepy animals--some in pajamas, some clutching teddy bears--dancing and cavorting in the moonlight is perfectly captured in a silhouette double spread. Full of energy and movement, it begs the reader to pause and enjoy each illustration and carefully chosen word. A word of caution--be prepared for cries of "read it again, read it again."- Children's Literature Review