With some reluctance, a blond, blue-eyed boy graduates from his small but secure crib. McGhee (A Very Brave Witch) catches every fluctuation of the child narrator's voice as he wavers between confidence and hesitation. "I'm a big boy now. You know what that means," the boy announces, turning away from a proffered bottle and diaper. His stuffed animal, Baby Kitty, mirrors his no-thanks gesture, and the two flex their muscles to prove they're tough. On the other hand, the hero reflects, "Not every big boy wants to sleep in a big bed." Nearby, the bed's eye-like pillows glare, and its blanket drapes in a menacing frown. The boy and Baby Kitty take matters in hand, tossing familiar objects onto the mattress ("How is it over there, Big Pillow?") before making the leap. This sympathetic text has a big potential for preciousness, but MacDonald (Another Perfect Day) tamps it down with witty allusions to retro comics. Artful voice bubbles guide readers across the pages, while MacDonald's golds, chocolates and saturated blues suggest lithographed Sunday funnies. MacDonald's nostalgic imagery emphasizes the childhood rite of passage, demonstrating that a small move can be an act of bravado. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Bye-bye, Cribby Alison McGhee, Ross MacDonald
There it is.
The big bed...
Am I ready?
#1 New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee tells the tale of a child's first rite of passage - from the crib to the big bed. Ross MacDonald's glowing illustrations will comfort, amuse, and inspire toddlers and even their parents as they take this first big step/i>/b>/b>… See more details below
There it is.
The big bed...
Am I ready?
#1 New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee tells the tale of a child's first rite of passage - from the crib to the big bed. Ross MacDonald's glowing illustrations will comfort, amuse, and inspire toddlers and even their parents as they take this first big step together.
PreS-K- McGhee, a pro at addressing the qualms that often accompany important transitional events in children's lives, has done it again. This time, the hurdle is a little guy's move to his "big boy" bed. After his initial refusal to venture into what he sees as an enormous, child-eating monster, where he might get lost in the sheets, suffer frostbite, or never be heard from again, the child relents, first tossing his Red Blankie (might that someday be a cape?) and Big Pillow ahead as scouts. Seeing that they seem no worse for wear, he works up his courage (and his muscles), holds tight to his faithful stuffed sidekick, Baby Kitty, and takes the plunge himself. MacDonald's evocative art, so like his work in Another Perfect Day (Millbrook, 2002), employs the comic-book conventions, visual wit, and pulp-art palette fans know and love, and the animation in both the text and the pictures turns what might have been a ho-hum tale of trepidation into a proactive adventure with a winsome wee hero. A winner.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CTCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- Age Range:
- 2 - 6 Years
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Bye-bye, Crib is a book about a little boy transitioning from his crib to a big boy bed. I am very surprised that Simon & Schuster would allow this book to be published considering there is 'no conflict' or a climax to the book. Publishing company's are always looking for this in children's picture books. The illustrations are not up to date images that your child could relate to--they seem as if they were created from the early 1930's. Readers, with parents and children in mind should allow the reader to be able to relate to the story, not think it pre-dates them. My child & I were very disappointed in this book.