I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed (Charlie and Lola Series)

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Overview

It's bedtime for Charlie and Lola, the hilarious siblings from I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO.

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it's time for bed? Heralded by the WASHINGTON POST as "a delightful new voice in children's books," author-illustrator Lauren Child splashes her offbeat sense of humor and unique artwork all over this bedtime story. Laugh...

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Overview

It's bedtime for Charlie and Lola, the hilarious siblings from I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO.

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it's time for bed? Heralded by the WASHINGTON POST as "a delightful new voice in children's books," author-illustrator Lauren Child splashes her offbeat sense of humor and unique artwork all over this bedtime story. Laugh out loud at Lola's imaginative antics, but save a cheer for kind, patient Charlie, the big brother we'd all love to have.

Charlie helps Lola get ready for bed, despite the tigers, whales, and other animals that serve as obstacles.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this equally spirited follow-up to I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, big brother Charlie faces a new challenge: to cajole his sister, Lola, into bed. "Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and sticking and wriggling and bouncing and most of all chattering," remarks the patient older sibling. Chatter she does, as the comic dialogue between the two attests. Warning that "I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock," Lola trots out some imaginative procrastination maneuvers. Charlie offers her a subtle bribe: " `If there's no bedtime there can be no bedtime drink, and it's strawberry milk tonight.' (Lola really likes strawberry milk.)" Lola counters that her three tiger pals need a similar treat as well. Creative situations also arise when it comes to toothbrushing (she says that a lion is using her toothbrush) and bathtime (she insists whales are swimming in the bathtub). Child's collages juxtapose photographs of flannel pajamas, bubble gum-pink toothpaste tube and bath bubbles with childlike drawings framed in exotic wallpaper patterns. These images emanate as much energy as does Lola herself, with text in an array of sizes and typefaces. Once again, Child tackles a common childhood conundrum with boundless imagination and zip. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Poor Charlie has to put his little sister Lola to bed, but Lola simply will not cooperate. Every suggestion he tries to lure her is met by an imaginative reply, with which Charlie must play along. He gives the three tigers at the table their own strawberry shakes, shoos one of the whales out of the bathtub, and ends with a hippo in his bed before Lola finally says "good night." A familiar situation with a typical, irrepressible bedtime-delayer is made very comically appealing by the exuberant visuals that combine collage bits, thick black outlines, all sorts of solid background colors, and integrated text. Lola's boundless energy commands the assorted page designs, while her equally active imagination keeps a focus on her imaginary creatures for giggles galore. 2001, Candlewick Press, $16.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Charlie and his sister, introduced in I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Candlewick, 2000) return, this time in a whimsical bedtime tale. Charlie informs readers that when his parents ask him to put his sister to bed, "This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late.-most of all chattering." When he says, "But all the birds have gone to sleep," she does not fall for his logic: "But I am not a bird, Charlie." He tries to bribe her with her favorite drink, strawberry milk; she tells him that the three tigers at the table want some, too. And so this imaginative adventure continues-Lola and a lion brush their teeth, she takes a bath with a whale, Charlie phones two dancing dogs to ask whether she may borrow their pajamas. After hopping into bed at last, "small and very funny" Lola informs her brother that there is a hippopotamus in his bed. The illustrations and text are appealingly quirky and lively. The exuberant colors and patterns provide visual stimuli, and the varied fonts and sizes of the text and clever layout of the mixed-media artwork are sure to please. The cartoonlike characters are set against a surreal, collage background. The story is certain to remind youngsters of similar experiences, and is appropriate for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.-Olga R. Kuharets, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Charlie, the patient older brother, struggles to get his imaginative, stubborn sister Lola to bed. Child brings back these siblings from I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (2000) with the wacky charm of her inviting cut-paper and photographic collages. Ordinary bedtime rituals are stalled as Lola throws up imaginary roadblocks. Three tigers join her for that last glass of strawberry milk. She can't brush her teeth because a lion is using her toothbrush. She can't take her bath because there are whales hogging the tub and she's not sure if the dancing dogs will let her use their pajamas. The rooms are strewn with the favorite things of childhood. Cutout photographs of real objects-building blocks and games-mingle with cartoon drawings of chairs and slippers. Colors shock: hot-pink bubble bath against a yellow sponge, for instance. Details delight, as with a photograph of the pajama set, which is decorated with clowns and seals and sports pearl buttons. A variety of typeface dances across the page with the text at one point even set on top of the pink, daisy pattern of a glass of milk. Charlie's and Lulu's expressive body language and facial features will be easily recognized by all. An inventive, entertaining bedtime tale. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763629700
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Charlie and Lola Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 304,515
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.65 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Child attended art school and did "lots of things" before writing children’s books, including designing ceramics for children, working as an artist's assistant, and designing lampshades.
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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    We read this one every night to out five-year-old. One of our f

    We read this one every night to out five-year-old. One of our favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    every night reading

    we too read this book every night! My daughter already knows most of the words and she loves to show me all the pictures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Definite nightime read

    This book is wonderful for my daughter. It's part of our nightime routine. She runs to the rocking chair to have me pick her up and read it to her and she's 16 months old. The process by which Lauren has Lola get ready for bed is creative and fun, perfect for my little one to hear and follow. The mixed media is also wonderful and lends to the imaginative way the story is told. Highly recommend this little book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Must Have

    My daughter will not go to sleep until I read this book to her. After two months it is still her favorite. It is funny, creative, and a little sassy. Lauren Child is a refreshing childrens author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Great Book for all children

    I finally had to buy this book because we have borrowed this from the library so often. Great for kids of all ages. We act out the imaginary reasons for not going to bed and make strawberry milk for the tigers while at the beach. Great book and great characters. All her of her books are great.

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