Pet Shop Lullaby

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Who's making all that noise at night? It's nighttime in the pet shop and all the animals are asleep.
All the animals—except for one.
One that can’t ...

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Who's making all that noise at night? It's nighttime in the pet shop and all the animals are asleep.
All the animals—except for one.
One that can’t sleep at night.
Who's keeping everyone awake in the pet shop?
Squeak, squeak, squeak.
Turn on the lights and find out!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In the pet shop at night, most animals are sleeping, but the "squeak! SQUEECK" that soon wakes them up comes from the turning wheel, as the charming little hamster that cannot sleep keeps running. Although his mother hushes him, his "scritch, scratch" and "pitter-pat" and nibbling crunches have the other animals begging him to go to sleep. They try to figure out how to put him there. The dog knows the familiar routine: bath, brush teeth, lullaby, story, and then tucking in. Finally, all in the shop can go to sleep. Sleeping in the daytime, however, is another story. The few simple sentences, in large type, with sound effects included, make this a good bedtime story for the youngest reluctant sleepers. Gouache paintings of the anthropomorphic characters are naturalistic enough, with considerable anatomical detail. Settings are solid color backgrounds, while the sound effects add to the low-key fun. On the jacket, the mother hamster reads from an upside down book to the yawning youngster in her cozy lap for a perfect introduction. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—At night, when the residents of a pet shop want to sleep, a noisy hamster keeps them awake. They try various ways to quiet the little creature: Dog gives him a bath. Rabbit brushes his teeth. Parrot sings a lullaby. Gerbil shares a story, and Cat tucks it in. Turnabout comes at daylight when hamster wants to sleep and his boisterous housemates are now wide awake. While the plot is a familiar one, Fraser's tale is brief and to the point, and the comical gouache illustrations infuse energy into the telling. Fun touches abound, like a rubber ducky floating in Dog's dish and the gerbil reading an upside-down book. Page layout varies from single page to spreads. Incorporate this charming read-aloud into bedtime or pet-themed storytimes.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews
When it comes to a good night's sleep, hamster is a problem. Just as the pet-shop owner is closing up for the night, the other pets are falling asleep. But for hamster, it's time to exercise. When their shushing falls on deaf ears, the animals take matters into their own paws and help the hamster fall asleep in ways that will be very familiar (and funny) to young children. Brief text with easy vocabulary and a generous scattering of onomatopoetic words makes this a good choice for both very young audiences and beginning readers. Less detailed than those in her I.Q. series, Fraser's gouache illustrations suit this younger audience, and in no way are they missing the humorous details that readers have come to love. The expressions on the animals' faces truly steal the show. A nifty approach to problem solving, a peek at the difference between diurnal and nocturnal and a good argument as to why light sleepers should not keep a hamster as a pet. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590786185
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 824,909
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including Pet Shop Follies. Her other books include I. Q. Goes to School, How Animal Babies Stay Safe, and In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

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