Bertie at Bedtimeby Marcus Pfister
The acclaimed creator of THE RAINBOW FISH series returns with Bertie, an irrepressible hippo who's not quite ready for bed. Bertie might wear his daddy out before he's actually ready for sleep.
PreS-K- This is not a lull-your-child-to-bed picture book. On the contrary, it is something of a manual on how to tire out parents. Bertie is an engaging and lively hippo whose father tries, and tries again, to usher him toward sleep. The relationship between parent and son seems to be a cheerful imbalance of power, with Daddy making suggestions and Bertie making demands. "Now it's time for bed," says Daddy after a game of hide-and-seek. "Not yet,' says Bertie. 'First a story.'" After reading three, Daddy yawns. "'Off to bed now,' he says. "'Not yet,' says Bertie. 'First let's dance.'" Then, of course, Bertie wants a glass of water and to go to the potty, where he sits and looks through a pile of books. Guess who falls asleep first? The illustrations are sweet, funny, and colorful. Pfister uses the same floral design on walls, carpets, furniture, and Bertie's shorts, in different and pleasing color combinations. Children will enjoy this story, but beware of reading it aloud at bedtime; it could give youngsters some really fatiguing ideas. Bertie's last words to his snoozing father are, "Good night, Daddy.... Tomorrow we can play some more."-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Meet the Author
MARCUS PFISTER is the beloved creator of The Rainbow Fish, an international phenomenon with millions of fans. Born in Berne, Switzerland, he has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico. He lives with his family
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This book is so sweet in chronicling just how hard it is to get children to sleep. Every excuse I've heard is mentioned and is perfect for baby shower gifts (to help mommy-to-be anticipate what she's in for).