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Even before Dad tucks him in, Samuel McKay has devised a plan to find out what really goes on in his house after bedtime—he waits until Dad has shut the light before tiptoeing out of his room with his trusted furry accomplice, Petey Bear, determined to find the truth. Sam imagines fish swimming in the bathroom pipes, a thousand toy trains in the basement, a zoo in the guest room, and a rocket in Dad's parking place. Each wildly imagined activity is highlighted on the wall by Pete's flashlight beam as the daring ...

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Overview

Even before Dad tucks him in, Samuel McKay has devised a plan to find out what really goes on in his house after bedtime—he waits until Dad has shut the light before tiptoeing out of his room with his trusted furry accomplice, Petey Bear, determined to find the truth. Sam imagines fish swimming in the bathroom pipes, a thousand toy trains in the basement, a zoo in the guest room, and a rocket in Dad's parking place. Each wildly imagined activity is highlighted on the wall by Pete's flashlight beam as the daring pair quietly and carefully creep through the house. They persist, finally reaching the den and the moment of truth. Sam's parents, of course, are simply relaxing; Dad does the crossword, and Mom is reading. Disappointed, Sam and Petey trudge back up to bed. This romping, rhyming adventure will prove once and for all that kids aren't missing out on anything special after bedtime. Or are they? In the final wordless image, Mom and Dad are eating pink ice cream and cake at a private little party, perhaps celebrating that they've won the bedtime battle—at least until tomorrow night.

AWARD: Gold Mom's Choice Award in the category of bedtime stories

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Gold Mom's Choice Award in the category of bedtime stories

"[When] Sam is convinced that all the best things happen after he goes to bed . . . he hatches a plan to sneak downstairs and discover the fun for himself. . . . Ebbeler's acrylic paintings feature a likable round-faced boy and a stuffed panda accomplice whose facial expressions look convincingly real."  —School Library Journal

"This read-aloud picture book explores universal curiosity about what really goes on in a child's house at night, in rhyme and with humor. It will strike a chord with kids and parents alike."  —Children's Literature

"Sunshine's rhyming style makes the story much more fun to read aloud. Ebbeler's illustrations turn imagination into visual reality with vibrant colors and detail."  —Sacramento Book Review

"A little boy . . . and his toy panda slowly, carefully slip down the stairs, getting caught once when a stair squeaks, then finally peep around a corner to see his mother and dad doing . . . nothing at all!"  —The Courier-Journal

"Deals with a problem that is often at its worst on Christmas Eve: the reluctance of young children to go to bed. . . . One night Sam and his sidekick, Petey Bear, sneak downstairs to spy on the ruckus. What they find is a revelation."  —The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"This fun, curious picture book asks the very important question 'what do we miss when we go to sleep?' . . . At times reminiscent of classic Dr. Seuss. . . . fun and colorful pastel illustrations. . . . It would also work well as a read-aloud in a group." —Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"The real hit of the book is Sam's imagination revealed in all its magic on each page."  —MyShelf.com

The Advocate Baton Rouge
Deals with a problem that is often at its worst on Christmas Eve: the reluctance of young children to go to bed . . . One night Sam and his sidekick, Petey Bear, sneak downstairs to spy on the ruckus. What they find is a revelation.
Good Reads with Ronna
[My son] really saw himself in the story and felt some camaraderie with this imaginary character.
MyShelf.com
The real hit of the book is Sam's imagination revealed in all its magic on each page.
Sacramento Book Review
Sunshine's rhyming style makes the story much more fun to read aloud. Ebbeler's illustrations turn imagination into visual reality with vibrant colors and detail.
myshelf.com
The real hit of the book is Sam's imagination, revealed in all its magic on each page.
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
What kid hasn't wondered what wonderful things his or her parents do after tuck-in time? One night, young Sam and his trusty stuffed friend Petey Bear—neither of whom are really tired, by the way—decide to find out. Instead of drifting off to sleep, they sneak down the hall to find out the truth. As they stealthily maneuver around creaky floorboards and stairs, Sam imagines the fabulous adventures his parents must surely be having without him, as only a very young child could: a mom-and-pop circus trapeze act in the kitchen, a thousand-toy-train setup in the basement, a petting zoo in the guest room, and on and on. After a few false starts, Sam and Petey Bear complete their mission. They're shocked to find…Mom reading a magazine and Dad doing a crossword puzzle. Disappointed and undiscovered, Sam and Petey Bear slip back upstairs and into slumber, vowing to try again the next night. This read-aloud picture book explores universal curiosity about what really goes on in a child's house at night in rhyme and with humor. It will strike a chord with kids and parents alike. While the story is funny and the scenes imaginative, the rhyme stumbles or is strained at times, and I believe Sam's adventure might have been better served by being told in prose. The illustrations feature a lot of action and facial expression, utilizing a colorful yet distinctly nighttime palette. Overall, this book would be a good choice for bedtime reading with a preschool-aged listener. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
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Sam is convinced that all the best things happen after he goes to bed. Envisioning a circus in the kitchen, a zoo in the guest room, fish swimming in the bathroom drains, and more, he hatches a plan to sneak downstairs and discover the fun for himself. Sunshine's rhyme scheme works well when the lines are shorter and the action moves quickly. However, when the sentences are longer, the phrasing is sometimes awkward. Ebbeler's acrylic paintings feature a likable round-faced boy and a stuffed panda accomplice whose facial expressions look convincingly real. Spreads with multiple smaller illustrations depicting Sam's sneak attack on his parents are mixed with detailed full-page paintings showing his imaginative ideas. When he eventually makes it downstairs, he is disappointed to see his parents just reading and relaxing. But on the last page, the illustration reveals the adults quietly but enthusiastically eating huge pieces of cake.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979974618
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Sunshine, a network television writer and producer, is a two-time winner of the National Writers Guild Award and the winner of a local Emmy. She lives in New York City. Jeffrey Ebbeler is the illustrator of Bake You a Pie, Punxsutawney Phyllis, and The Runaway Garden. He lives in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    The perfect bedtime book!

    Finally! A book about a kid like mine! My son and daughter were always convinced they were missing out on fun after bedtime. My son laughed out loud seeing himself in the book. "I'm Really Not Tired!" is an adorable bedtime book. It's funny, and beautifully illustrated with wonderful detail. And the little boy has such a wild imagination! Your kids will love this book.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    A great read with rhyme and fun for parents and kids.

    I love reading this book to my 2 1/2 year old and 5 year old. We love books with rhyme and the subject of not being tired is easy to relate to....at least for my kids. Hope to see more books from Ms. Sunshine.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    I'm Really Not Tired is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Charming Book

    A fun story for young kids who want to know what their parents do after they send them to bed!

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