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Children's LiteratureBedtime can be a difficult time for parents and youngsters. So when Cornelius, an appealing young anthropomorphic pig, is asked if he knows what time it is, he says "Yes!" He also answers "Yes!" to the series of questions familiar to parents and kids. "Yes!" he says; he has put his toys away, fed his fish, used the bathroom, brushed his teeth, put on his pajamas, chosen a book. But each question and answer across a double page is matched by an illustration telling a different story: his toys are in the refrigerator, the fish have received a cookie, etc. So when he is asked if he is ready for bed, the answer is "No!" Did he forget something? A hug, of course. Then he is finally ready, or is he? The front end-papers introduce Cornelius in bed playing with his stuffed animals; he illuminates the title page with his flashlight. On the back end-papers he is in the dark with his flashlight shining on his guitar, grinning with mischief in his eyes, surely ready for something other than sleep. Pencils produce the simple shapes of the characters and the few associated objects while added acrylic paints supply color and lighthearted contextual details. Pencils also add visual fun for older readers by supplying amusing names on cookie boxes ("Yummo Little Bitty Cookies") books ("Charlotte's Website") even toothpaste ("Oinkbrite"). Great bedtime fun. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 2 to 5.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz