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Time for Bed, The Babysitter Said
     

Time for Bed, The Babysitter Said

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by Peggy Perry Anderson, Peggy Perry Anderson (Illustrator)
 

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Not even his babysitter's most strenuous efforts can convince Joe the frog to go to bed.

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Not even his babysitter's most strenuous efforts can convince Joe the frog to go to bed.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Youngsters should be amused by both the obstinacy and the comic antics; a wide range of emotions are skillfully pictured in the cartoon-like red-and-green tinted drawings." Kirkus Reviews

"This froggy folly makes the grade . . . Joe's actions are so exactly rebellious-child like (with a few unique amphibious touches) that kids will cheer his stretchy slapstick struggles and temporary victories." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said would have to top any parent's list of books not to give a preschooler who's experiencing separation anxiety. Intended as a hilarious romp, the book presents a battle of the wills between a frog babysitter and her frog charge. The menacing, overpowering babysitter is all dark, cavernous mouth; her mission is to tear her charge away from his chosen pursuits and hurl him into his dark room. In the end, the frog child gets the better of the sitter, but this point may be lost on preschoolers, who could see in this story their own worst fears brought to life. Lighthearted conflict of this sort may be pleasurable to older children, who are firmly grounded in their own identities, but this may be terrifying to younger children, for whom the book was written. Ages 2-5. (March)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Stories of few words but plenty of action and humor are rare; this froggy folly makes the grade. Young green Joe, a nattily overalled frog, has no intention of hopping to it when his long-legged babysitter makes her title announcement. He foils her at every leapgrabbing on to furniture as she tries to carry him off, pummelling her with pillows, jumping on her headuntil, exasperated, she finally asks him why he won't go to bed: ```Because you didn't say please,' Joe said.'' Joe acquiesces when she does ask, but a funny twist on the final page gives him the last laugh. The text is the story's bare bones, but these three-color ink and wash cartoon frogs, with their elongated splay-toed prehensile legs, and wide mouths are where the hilarity lie. Joe's actions are so exactly rebellious-child like (with a few unique amphibious touches) that kids will cheer his stretchy slapstick struggles and temporary victories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395745113
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


PEGGY PERRY ANDERSON is a former elementary school art teacher who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has written six early readers about Joe the Frog. They include Let's Clean Up, Joe on the Go, To the Tub, Out to Lunch, Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said, and I Can Help!.

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Time for Bed, The Babysitter Said 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hysterical! A great read-aloud, one you can really involve the kids in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time for Bed, The Babysitter Said is a favorite bedtime ritual at our house. It started 5 years ago when my first son was a year old. We read the book so many times it has been taped and retaped back together. We now read it to our other son who is 18 months old. The text is light and the boys love to say what Joe says, 'No!' All toddlers know how to say it and usually say it often. This book makes 'No!' a fun word! The ending is also very funny!