The Noisy Way To Bed

The Noisy Way To Bed

by Ian Whybrow, Tiphanie Beeke
     
 

In this nighttime followup to the bestselling BOOK! BOOK! BOOK!, going to bed has never been so noisy . . . or so fun!

You're supposed to be quiet at bedtime, right?
Well, someone should tell these animals that!

The little boy just wants to go to sleep, but the duck, the horse, the sheep, and the pig won't let him get to bed . . .
or even finish a

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Overview

In this nighttime followup to the bestselling BOOK! BOOK! BOOK!, going to bed has never been so noisy . . . or so fun!

You're supposed to be quiet at bedtime, right?
Well, someone should tell these animals that!

The little boy just wants to go to sleep, but the duck, the horse, the sheep, and the pig won't let him get to bed . . .
or even finish a sentence!

Come along as the five friends find their quack - baah - neigh - oink noisy way to bed!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Will the sleepy boy ever get to say the word that both describes his destination and finishes Whybrow's (Sissy Buttons Takes Charge!) rhyme? "This little boy was oh so tired/ and this is what he said:/ I think I'll go home past the pond,/ because this is the way to...." But before the boy can say "bed," a resident duck interrupts with "Quack!" "Hey!/ That's not what I meant to say," replies the boy. "Well, you can come along." As the sun sets, four other animals join the march home, each signing on as the boy walks past its domain, and each interrupting him with a whinny, oink or other appropriate sound. Finally, with a "Quiet! Shhhhhhh!" the boy gets the last word and the cozy bed he's sought. Set in the time leading up to lights out, the story invokes a lovely, dreamlike quality: the gentle, muted tone of the text, the boy's acquiescence to the animals, and the resolute yet surreal nature of the journey all seem like elements floating up from a sleeping consciousness. Beeke (Book! Book! Book!) enhances that feeling with simple, solid characterizations and, by contrast, pastoral twilight landscapes in which the leaves, flowers and rays of sunlight seem to melt into one another, just as the boy and the animals later slide all the way into slumber. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Parents looking for a peaceful bedtime story to read to their children can stop their search with this tale about a little boy who is on his way to bed. Along the way, he picks up animal friends who make quite a bit of noise, even though he knows they are supposed to shush down at nighttime. A horse, a sheep, a pig, and a duck make up this crew, and each speaks its own language—loudly. The boy welcomes each barnyard creature that follows him home, and they even join him in bed, where they all quiet down for the night. Pastel colors and soft lines contribute to the bedtime theme, and each page is likely to lure a young listener closer to his or her own sleep. Large, simple text make this an ideal book to read aloud as well, for eyes new to reading can easily follow along the rhythmical sentences. 2003, Scholastic Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This engaging bedtime story begs for participation from children. A sleepy boy, clad in his pajamas and slippers, heads across the farm toward home. Along the way, he picks up an entourage of animals, one by one, and the friendly but noisy creatures follow him. The story is told through a series of rhyming verses, all of which should be completed by the word "bed." The rhyme is interrupted each time by the appearance of a loquacious animal. For example, "A boy, a duck, a horse, a sheep/look carefully where they tread./They tiptoe past the pigsty./`This is the way to-' `Oink!'" This clever device allows readers to identify each one by appearance and by vocalization. The illustrations resemble the work Beeke did for Tara Jaye Morrow's Mommy Loves Her Baby/Daddy Loves His Baby (HarperCollins, 2003). Her full-page, mixed-media pictures are captivating, providing an eye-pleasing blend of colors, textures, and facial expressions. A playful romp.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A sleepy little boy in pajamas of blue leads readers on a gentle ramble through field and farmyard as he wends his way home and, finally, to bed. Along the way, four friendly animals, each of which interrupts both the little guy's journey and his beddy-bye-bound refrain, join him and his ever-faithful white bunny. Youngest readers will revel in their ability to predict and chime in, quite rightly, with the animal sounds to come, and parents and programmers will appreciate the crayon-bright pictures, rhythmic text, and perfectly paced page turns that will make this a favorite. Beeke employs multiple watercolor techniques to create the charmingly naive illustrations and endpapers that cuddle this cozy bedtime tale, and a large crisp font complements her work. Share this with a single child or with a slew, and root for the small hero, who has the last word (and a companionably crowded bed) in the end. Sweet dreams. (Picture book. 1-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439556897
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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