On My Way to Bed

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Kids everywhere dread the nightly call to go to bed. But not Livi! Her imagination takes her on a journey full of daring obstacles and exciting adventures on her way to bed. She pilots a spaceship, walks a tightrope, and climbs a mountain, all while her Mom waits with her covers turned down and bed ready. With stalling techniques as creative as this, it's a wonder she ever makes it to bed! Author Sarah Maizes and illustrative veteran, Michael Paraskevas, once again create a funny, fresh book that will be a must ...

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Kids everywhere dread the nightly call to go to bed. But not Livi! Her imagination takes her on a journey full of daring obstacles and exciting adventures on her way to bed. She pilots a spaceship, walks a tightrope, and climbs a mountain, all while her Mom waits with her covers turned down and bed ready. With stalling techniques as creative as this, it's a wonder she ever makes it to bed! Author Sarah Maizes and illustrative veteran, Michael Paraskevas, once again create a funny, fresh book that will be a must for every parent who wants to foster creativity while fulfilling the every day necessities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Mitchell
In this colorful picture book, we see the bedtime routine of a very active and imaginative child, Livi. She is not ready for bed. She clearly states, “Bed is for tired people. I am not a tired person.” Her lack of readiness for bed is also depicted in the drawings, which show a trail of her day’s activities from drawing to building. When her mother calls, Livi makes her way to bed, but on the way she gets involved in a number of make-believe activities. Among other things, she tight-walks to the bathroom imagining that she is performing for a crowd in a circus. She pretends to be a dentist while brushing her teeth and she stops to help her older sister with a project. The pillows in her room become a fort; the floor of her room transforms into the ocean. Livi’s mother is increasingly frustrated with her slow progress to bed but readers will be increasingly delighted with Livi’s antics and the amusing drawings. Parents will relate to Livi’s mother as she struggles to manage bedtime for three children. The bright, primary colors of the illustrations are a good match for the book as they aptly convey Livi’s energy and bold character. Reviewer: Carol Mitchell; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
The exuberant heroine of On My Way to the Bath (2012) returns to tackle that most perilous of childhood rituals: bedtime. Making bedtime avoidance and delay into a high art, Livi calls upon a number of strategies when her mother informs her that it is time for bed. Assuring readers that she isn't even remotely sleepy ("Bed is for tired people," she is quick to point out), she finds creative ways to slow the bedtime process down to a crawl. Suddenly, she's a tightrope walker, a rocket scientist or even an octopus as the situation demands. When, at long last, an understandably frazzled mom gets her offspring under the sheets, Livi sleeps like an angel. So well, in fact, that her response to her mother's gentle wake-up call the next morning is to become a hibernating bear. Honestly funny from start to finish, the madcap digital art isn't afraid to, at times, relinquish the goofy for a truly lovely spread, as with the opening and closing endpapers. Livi achieves precocity without even a hint of saccharine. It's hard to resist her final wail--"I don't want to miss anything!"--which reveals what's really been going on here. Bed-based procrastination is nothing new, but Livi's imaginative play takes the experience to an entirely superior level. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The queen of stalling tactics in On My Way to the Bath (Walker, 2012) returns to delay another daily ritual with imagination and pizzazz. When Livi's mother calls for bedtime, the little girl is hula-hooping on the arm of a chair with way too much energy to call it a day. The action continues in the same vein as Livi's last outing, as she imagines herself walking tightropes, rocketing through space, and, ultimately, as a purple octopus, attacking her mother on the way to bed. Even when under the covers, Livi stalls again, begging for three long stories and picturing herself parched in the desert, desperately in need of a drink of water. Once the youngster has squirmed and snuggled her way to sleep, however, she is as snug as a bear in a cave and not ready to heed her mother's morning wake-up call. The digitally produced cartoon illustrations are vivid and full of detail. From Livi's spiky pigtails and her smiling stuffed friend Froggolini, to an imaginary goat, Marge, children will enjoy the humor in the pictures as much as the text. Adults will smile at this fun exaggeration of the familiar nighttime battle. Great for one-on-one or group sharing, this book is a solid purchase.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802723666
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 245,773
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Maizes

SARAH MAIZES is a parenting and lifestyle humorist, as well as the mother of three. She has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, KTLA and on NPR's "Tell Me More." Her first picture book, ON MY WAY TO THE BATH was a Children's Book Of The Month Club Main Selection. For more information, parental musings, and unsolicited advice, check out her hilarious blog at www.MommyLITEonline.com. @SarahMaizes

MICHAEL PARASKEVAS is an artist best known for creating Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. In addition to ON MY WAY TO THE BATH and ON MY WAY TO BED, his illustrated books with Sarah Maizes, he has co-authored numerous children books with his mother, Betty. www.michaelparaskevas.com

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