I'm Not Tired Yet!

I'm Not Tired Yet!

by Marianne Richmond
     
 

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For every parent whose child won't settle into bed without a dozen excuses, here is an adorable bedtime story that makes us laugh with recognition from beloved, award-winning author Marianne Richmond. With her signature heartfelt illustrations and whimsical text, I'm Not Tired Yet! helps every parent ease their child off to dreamland. I'm Not Tired

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For every parent whose child won't settle into bed without a dozen excuses, here is an adorable bedtime story that makes us laugh with recognition from beloved, award-winning author Marianne Richmond. With her signature heartfelt illustrations and whimsical text, I'm Not Tired Yet! helps every parent ease their child off to dreamland. I'm Not Tired Yet! inspires a playful, endearing bedtime routine that leaves kids and grownups looking forward to nighttime, no matter how strong the allure of playtime.

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Publishers Weekly
Ralphie Mix isn't ready for bed, and he knows how to pull out all the stops. Richmond's (I Believe in You) sometimes uneven verse describes Ralphie's bedtime procrastination, which includes telling his mother that there's a bug scuttling across floor, claiming there's a monster hiding in the closet, and asking for a glass of milk. His understanding mother addresses each concern with a playful allusion to a particular animal, followed by a loving embrace. Smudgy, earth-toned canvas paintings depict mother and son as goldfish, cuddling polar bears, and caterpillars (" ‘Scared and achy?' said his mom./ ‘You're being mighty fickle./ Could it be that what you need/ is a caterpillar tickle?' ") in intervening spreads. Kids may admire Ralphie's tenacity when he pulls a final trick from up his sleeve—joking that he's gotten in big trouble at school (at this point, Ralphie's doting mother seems on the verge of a meltdown)—before finally falling asleep. The repetition and multiple hugs and kisses lend a soothing quality, though there's little doubt that young readers will walk away with a new arsenal of delay tactics. Ages 4�up. (Mar.)
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"Richmond's colorful artwork captures every embrace of this loving ritual." - Sacramento Bee

"Inspires a playful bedtime routine that leaves kids and grownups looking forward to nighttime no matter how strong the allure of playtime." - New Jersey Family Magazine

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Six-year-old Ralphie does not want to go to sleep, and he pushes his bedtime back by telling his mother that he sees monsters in closets and bugs crawling across rugs, and that there is an annoying mosquito buzzing near his ear. Each time Mom knows just what he needs, whether it is a polar-bear cuddle, an enormous ape hug, or a goldfish kiss. This is clearly an enjoyable nightly routine for mother and son. Ralphie finally turns the table on Mom when he alludes to some transgressions at school, and she stops short. He quickly admits he is joking and the two of them share a "gotcha" moment. The story is written in a rhyme scheme that at times does not scan satisfactorily, especially toward the end. Cheery polka dots on the endpapers mirror those on Ralphie's bed linens. Nevertheless, the pictures are unpolished, and scenes that feature perspective result in awkward illustrations. Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011), Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Hyperion, 2008), and Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Goodnight? (Blue Sky, 2000) are stronger bedtime selections.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402268786
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
941,619
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Beloved author and illustrator MARIANNE RICHMOND has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.

Beloved author and illustrator MARIANNE RICHMOND has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.

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