It's Too Soon!


It's too soon for bedtime!

After all, Anna hasn't taken a bath, or brushed her teeth, or listened to a bedtime story. Good thing Anna knows just what she needs to do to get ready for bed.

Anna thinks it is too early to go to bed, but her grandfather leads her one step at a time.

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It's too soon for bedtime!

After all, Anna hasn't taken a bath, or brushed her teeth, or listened to a bedtime story. Good thing Anna knows just what she needs to do to get ready for bed.

Anna thinks it is too early to go to bed, but her grandfather leads her one step at a time.

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Publishers Weekly
This bedtime tale may leave little ones yawning for the wrong reasons. As night falls, a rabbit named Anna builds a castle of blocks with her grandfather, who tells her it is bedtime. "But it's too soon!" she protests, "I'm not even sleepy-and besides, I always have to pick up my toys before bedtime." After the two tidy up, the pattern repeats, with Gramps calling for bedtime and Anna requesting milk and cookies, a bath and so forth. Finally, after reading a book the two start to nod off. No doubt children will recognize in this nighttime routine their own well-polished tactics of postponing the inevitable. They may also cotton to the idea of the young bunny calling all the shots, along with her predictable refrain of "it's too soon." But there's no veering off a rather straightforward march toward slumber. Unfortunately, McMullen's (Not Me!) watercolors also take a face-value approach. The anthropomorphized Anna's home has a generic quality-plain wood furniture, a toaster on the counter, tame still-life paintings on the wall (although the ones featuring carrots and cabbage offer a grin). The golden-brown bunnies are cute enough, with sweet faces, floppy ears and plump haunches, but little distinguishes them from their ever-multiplying relations in other bedtime stories. Ages 2-5. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Anna, who is being watched by Gramps, protests "But it's too soon!" when he announces bedtime. She's not sleepy and there's lots to do in her nightly bedtime routine: pick up toys, have a snack, bathe, brush teeth, find her stuffed bear, have a story. Gramps patiently and cheerfully takes her through each step and by the time the story is finished, both bunnies are worn out and sound asleep, "not a moment too soon." McMullen's brief, simple text will ring true with preschoolers, who will identify with the stalling tactics and bedtime routines. The pastel watercolors fill each entire page, comforting not only in color but in familiar details of the home: books on the shelf, family pictures on the wall, fruit on the kitchen counter, and cuddly stuffed toys. Even the endpapers set the stage for sleepy-time; they are Anna's quilt, with her Button Nose Bear inserted in some of the squares. The repetitive text and soothing illustrations are apt to make this an often-requested nighttime book. 2004, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 2 to 5.
—Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
PreS-In this soothing picture book, Anna continually repeats the title phrase while Gramps calmly tries to get her ready for bed. As the two build a castle together, he pulls out his pocket watch and announces that it's bedtime. Anna insists that she must first pick up her toys. She next points out that she always has milk and cookies, and then asks for a bath. She remembers that she needs to brush her teeth, and then declares that they must find Mr. Button Nose, and that the stuffed animal always wants to hear a story. Finally, Gramps tucks them both in and reads to them, and as he closes the book, both grandchild and grandfather are nodding off to sleep. Featuring comfortably rounded rabbit figures with huge ears and bristly fur, McMullen's appealing illustrations bring this cozy tale to life. The cartoon-style artwork brings to mind Debi Gliori's "Mr. Bear" series (Orchard), while the cozy domestic tone is reminiscent of Jill Murphy's A Quiet Night In (Candlewick, 1996). Children and their caregivers will find much to enjoy in this sweet and tender bedtime story.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As any caretaker knows, toddlers hang onto their day with a sticky-fingered grip, and for Anna, who is being looked after by her Gramps, the skill at delaying bedtime is finely honed. "When the castle was three stories high, Gramps looked at his pocket watch and said . . . Bedtime, sweet pea." Anna, a bunny who looks as cuddly as her plush animals, responds with the refrain, "But it's too soon!" Thus begins the bedtime ritual meant both to procrastinate and soothe. Anna guides ever-patient Gramps through clean-up, bath time, teeth-brushing, and, of course, story time. As sleep approaches, Anna's ears begin to dip and sag, her one indication of fatigue. By the time Gramps reads the bedtime story, Anna's tired ears lay over her shoulders and onto the fluffy pillow. Gramps' ears are droopy, too. McMullen has an eye for perspective and a brush that colors every inch of the two-page spreads in powdery watercolors that span the spectrum. A snuggly last-book-of-the-night read that both adults and children will appreciate. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842481
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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