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Children's LiteratureIt is obvious beginning on the title page that the author has vast experience and knowledge of the bedtime routines parents try to perpetuate and the delaying tactics that children try to perpetrate. The 23 poems collected in this lovely bedtime title deal with the rambunctious approach to bedtime, the reluctant delayer, the sweetly drowsy, and the simply silly. I adore the skunk mother who praises her smelly offspring in "At the Skunks' House." She calls them "dear stenchlings" and "little stinkhearts" as well as telling them how "we're proud of how badly you stink." They are happy to go to bed in their rooms "full of fumes." This silliness is balanced with the truly beautiful poem "My Brother and Me" as two young boys climb the stairs and settle into their beds: "Like otters on waters, my brother and me, / little bears in their lairs asleep, / quiet and safe and dreaming / like otters a-snooze on the deep." The illustrations are muted, as is suitable for the subject matter, but also glowing and luminous in places—like glimpsing the stars through the curtained bedroom window. The poems are written with different rhythms, styles, cadences, and meters which keep them fresh and lively as the reader turns the page anticipating the next little gem. My only reservation about this title is the inclusion of "A Burglar Came on Saturday Night," which is actually quite funny as the dog bites the burglar's behind and scares him away, but sleepy time poems should, in my opinion, be aimed at helping little people face going to bed. This poem would be a wonderful addition to an older collection of poetry, where it would be greatly appreciated by the nine- to eleven-year-old group who find the ideaof a bad guy being bitten in the "rumpus" quite humorous. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 8.