The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds

The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds

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by Marisabina Russo

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Here's the perfect bedtime read-aloud for the very youngest child. The text is filled with fun noises—click clack, click clack—and a repeating refrain—good night, good night, sleep tight—that's sure to have kids chiming in as they follow the antics of these bunnies who won't stay in bed. Kids will identify with the mischievous


Here's the perfect bedtime read-aloud for the very youngest child. The text is filled with fun noises—click clack, click clack—and a repeating refrain—good night, good night, sleep tight—that's sure to have kids chiming in as they follow the antics of these bunnies who won't stay in bed. Kids will identify with the mischievous bunnies and their desire to play. Meanwhile, parents will empathize with Mama and Daddy's struggle to get them to sleep.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Russo's (Come Back, Hannah!) funny bedtime tale of escalating mischief, three rebellious bunnies try to outwit and outlast their parents. "Nighttime is here," coos the opening of the story. "Little bunnies are tucked in bed./ Good night, good night, sleep tight." But soon the sounds of "Click Clack, Click Clack" draw Mama and Daddy from their finally quiet living room to their offsprings' bedroom ("Sounds like the bunnies are not in their beds"). There they discover the long-eared little ones busily setting up their model trains. "No more tracks on the floor./ .../ Good night,/ good night,/ sleep tight," say the parent bunnies firmly. But the message doesn't sink in. Time and again, the grown-ups hear noises, climb the stairs and find their children engaged in ever-more elaborate activities; by the time the final admonition is given (the litany of forbidden behavior now takes up an entire page) the bunnies have assembled both a toy railroad and racetrack, concocted a raucous Wild West game, and even transformed themselves into a mini-marching band, complete with uniforms ("Boom, boom, boom!/ Honk, squonk, honk!/ Clash, clash, smash!"). Readers will probably respond with a fit of giggles-not only because the misbehavior comically spirals out of control, but also because Russo's crisply colored and calmly rendered vignettes make such an effective comic foil. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Mama tucks her three little bunnies into bed. "Good night, good night, sleep tight." Observe, however: they are wide awake and the middle bunny's feet are sticking out of the blanket. Mama and Daddy settle into their chairs to read. "All is quiet." Alas, it is not for long. The bunnies are out of their beds. Several times they are sent back to bed but soon are up again setting up the train set, riding horses, racing cars, and creating a marching band. Each time the bunnies are not in their beds, the size of the text for the onomatopoeic sound grows. The illustration becomes larger each time, too, until it is a two-page spread. Interspersed with their activities we learn what their parents are doing as well. At last, with a stern "good night" the little bunnies are back in their beds…or are they? The repetition of the text is enhanced by the cumulative line listing their activities. There are many creative touches throughout this book. Be sure to take a gander at the title of Mama's book and read the newspaper headlines. The illustrations of the spirited little bunnies are contrasted with those of the parents who are increasingly frazzled by the behavior of their little ones. Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another worthwhile bedtime book, one comes along. From the text to the themes to the illustrations to the layout and design, this is a winner.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Three bunny siblings find much better things to do than go to sleep. Each time their parents look in on them, they are playing with cars or trains or pretending to be cowboys and even a marching band. Despite numerous warnings, the noisy little creatures just cannot stay in their beds. Finally the house is quiet, but when the youngsters creep down the hall and discover their parents fast asleep, they plan to play all night long. But soon a new noise is heard, the snoring of bunnies who have played themselves to sleep. A simple pattern moves this tale along. Mama and Daddy are trying to wind down for the evening with a bit of reading and some tea and carrot cake, but loud sounds from the bedroom send them repeatedly upstairs to admonish their children and put them back in bed. The colorful, folksy gouache illustrations bring real personality to the text with expressions of exasperation, amusement, and joy. The text is placed in and around the art and has a large, bold font to emphasize the raucous sounds of the little rabbits. Despite the winning illustrations, the tale seems a bit stale and overly long.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Russo's latest will have the parents of young children shaking their heads and smiling ruefully-and hoping to keep their tots in a crib. Mama and Daddy tuck in their triplets and go downstairs to unwind. But just when all is quiet, noises come from upstairs: "Sounds like the bunnies are not in their beds." Each exasperating foray to get them back into bed reveals yet another toy out, and the children busily engaged in pretend play. From trains and cowboys to cars and musical instruments, the bunnies are determined to keep on playing. Meanwhile, their parents have read, written their letters, had some cake and tea and gotten into bed themselves. This is just what the children were waiting for-now they have the run of the house. When sleep finally finds them, they are snuggled on the couch together. Russo's gouache artwork is brightly colored and pleasingly simple-long on homey details and facial expressions. Sure to spark laughter from both generations, this will find an audience with parents and children alike-and hopefully will not spark too much copycat behavior. (Picture book. 3-7)

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3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

MARISABINA RUSSO is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II, which Booklist called a "moving picture book [which] tells a story of sorrow, fear, courage, and kindness," and A Very Big Bunny, about which Horn Book wrote: "This gets at the heart of the ordinary child experience with emotional truth and sensitivity."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Granddaughter spotted this book @ library, after reading it nightly for 3 weeks.....we had to buy one! We are still reading it almost every night before bed. She has the story memorized and helps me with the sounds! We do soft and low for the activities---she loves it.