Little Quack's Bedtime

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Overview

Day is done.
For Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack that means time for B-E-D! But there's blinking, hooting, and swaying in the night that's keeping everyone awake! Mama wants to know when it will finally be BEDTIME?
Find out in this timeless lullaby of a story by renowned author Lauren Thompson in Derek Anderson's splendidly illustrated world!

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Overview

Day is done.
For Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack that means time for B-E-D! But there's blinking, hooting, and swaying in the night that's keeping everyone awake! Mama wants to know when it will finally be BEDTIME?
Find out in this timeless lullaby of a story by renowned author Lauren Thompson in Derek Anderson's splendidly illustrated world!

A mother duck tries to persuade her five ducklings to go to sleep on a dark night.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The winsome feathered fellow first introduced in Little Quack returns in a board book edition and in a third hardcover companion book, Little Quack's Bedtime by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson. PW said of the debut book, "Anderson's depiction of the adorable ducklings, working up their courage to join their fuzzy siblings will keep toddlers coming back." And the feathered quintet is every bit as adorable in Bedtime as, one by one, Mama dispels their fears of the night. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Little Quack and his siblings, Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, and Puddle, are back in this delightful tale that is sure to please even the pickiest of bedtime procrastinators. Mama Duck is trying to get her offspring to sleep when they spy something going "blink! blink! blink!" on the pond. She looks and sees five sleepy fireflies, "winking `good night.' That's what is blinking in the dark. Now it's sleepy time, little ducklings." Widdle closes her eyes, but the others hear "whooo! whooo! whooo!" in the distance. Mama reassures her brood that the sound is part of the natural surroundings, whispering good night in its unique way, and that "Now it's sleepy time, little ducklings." Each time, for every reassurance she gives, another duckling nods off, until only Little Quack is left awake, needing some special comfort before drifting off to sleep. Turquoise blues and greens, shadowy grays and soft blacks, and the fuzzy yellowness of Little Quack and his siblings (replete with individual plumage) act as a soothing blanket, surrounding readers with warmth. Pair this story with Jane Simmons's Daisy and the Beastie (Little, Brown, 2000) for even more ducky fun.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thompson's Mama Duck and her ducklings return in a tender tale about things that go bump in the night. As Mama Duck readies her little ones for slumber, an assortment of sights and sounds alarms them. With infinite patience, she discloses the mundane sources of the frightful occurrences, reassuring her ducklings that they are simply observing the nighttime patterns of familiar objects. When Little Quack reveals the greatest fear of tots of any species, questioning why the night is so dark, Mama's thoughtful response is bound to resonate with readers of all ages. Anderson's sumptuous full-bleed illustrations are in deep evening hues, with the acrylic medium lending a rich texture to the paintings. As always, he draws each duckling with distinctively individual flare, from daisy hairclip to punk sticky-up. Youngsters will readily identify with the ducklings' anxieties and find themselves soothed by Mama Duck's explanations. The gentle cadence of Thompson's tale coupled with Anderson's rich illustrations makes this an ideal candidate for the last story of the night. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689868948
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: Little Quack Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 325,179
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Thompson is the author of several picture books, including the popular Mouse’s First series, Little Quack series, and the Wee Little series. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as well as Leap Back Home to Me; Chew, Chew, Gulp!; and Hop, Hop, Jump! She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    Before my son could say duck, he could quack, so he called a duc

    Before my son could say duck, he could quack, so he called a duck a "quack, quack". When I would read him this story, he would quack at every page. It was incredibly adorable. And so are the illustrations in this book.
    I keep a stack of books on a bookshelf within my son's reach. Of course, they are all the virtually indestructible board book (even some of the board books are showing signs of wear, so only virtually indestructible). I let him "read" his books during the day and pick out the books he wants to hear at night.  Little Quack's Bedtime is chosen quite frequently.  
    I don't know if he chooses it because he likes the story, or because he likes the illustrations, or because he likes saying "quack, quack". It doesn't matter. I love to see him point at the ducks in the picture and quack for them.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Read Aloud Dad's verdict: SNAP IT UP!

    Mama Duck had five little ducklings, Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle and Little Quack.
    This is another Little Quack winner from the fantastic duo Lauren Thompson (author) and Derek Anderson (illustrator). Children's picture books at their best.
    I think that Little Quack's Bedtime may have even had a deeper impact (than the original Little Quack) on my twins, as they were fascinated with the night-time events in and around the pond where the five little ducklings live.

    The illustrations in Little Quack's Bedtime were as lively as in the first book, while the soothing tone of the story makes it a natural choice for bedtime.

    The board book version of the book that we have, as in the case of the Little Quack original, is sturdy and can take all the pummeling that it receives.

    By the way, quick tip: I never read to my kids with the aim of getting them to sleep. It feels like a double loss. A loss of our time and a waste of a good book.

    Even though we started reading this when the twins were 24 months old, it still brings a smile to their faces. Tonight (the twins are 3y 2m old) we read this old favorite again and their eyes were glued to the pages, while they were unable to conceal their smiles. Irresistible... Oh yes, the book as well.

    VERDICT: SNAP IT UP!
    ReadAloudDad(.)blogspot(.)com

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Bedtime For Little Quack

    The cute and loveable little ducks need to go bed. It's their bedtime and momma must get them to sleep. Adorable illustrations and a familiar storyline highlight this enchanting book. Sturdy and safe for little hands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

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    Cute characters in a colorful and entertaining story.

    My 3 year old granddaughter loves this series of stories. Educational, such as counting, and entertaining to keep her intrigued. The illustrations are fabulous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

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    My 3 year old grandaughter loves this book. I even enjoy the illustrations especially when Little Quack hides under the blanket or runs behind his mother. It's great to read before bedtime and explains all of the sounds and visions of the night. A great read to snuggle with your little one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Great book for young children with wonderful illustrations

    My husband & I bought this book to read to our unborn child (due Aug 05) and we both fell in love with the story and illustrations after the first reading. It is a great story that I am sure all children and parents can relate to; those creepy noises that you hear at night that make the imagination go into overdrive and the calm reason of parents assuring their startled child that it is nothing to fear. I am sure this will be a favorite read for many, as it is and will continue to be for us.

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