Just Go to Bed

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by Mercer Mayer



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ISBN-13: 9780307119407
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Series: Little Critter Series
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 7,633
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since then, he has published over 300 titles. Readers can open almost any of his award-winning books and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer created one of children’s books most cherished characters, Little Critter. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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Just Go to Bed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a parent, you know that bed time struggles are a part of life; some kids have more and some kids have less, but no family is exempt. This is a great picture book for early readers that deals with that prickly subject, from the child's perspective, and with a good dose of humor. When night rolls around, Little Critter doesn't want to go to bed. At first, dad is sympathetic to all his sons roles, allowing him to squeeze more play time in to the wee hours of the day. For instance, when he is forced to take his last snack, Little Critter pretends to be a zookeeper, and when he has to take a bath, he becomes a vicious sea monster. Every new request is met by a new game. Dad plays along with these games, like becoming a giant robot to capture the enemy troops, but as the stalling drags the night out, his temper rises. This is told from Little Critter's perspective, though, and we only know how dad is feeling by the detailed illustrations that are a story in themselves. Finally, dad can only say "just go to bed!" Mom steps in to help, and they finally manage to corral their son in his room. After Little Critter has snuggled under the covers, giving in ungraciously, we see his parents looking on with love and weariness. What a great representation of life with a child! Mayer presents all the wonder and creativity of a child's world, but also doesn't shy away from the frustrations of parenting. In the end, he seems to suggest that the best way to handle these frustrations is with love and laughter. Considering the topic, this is a wonderful bed time story.
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SummaryA young boy travels through numerous occupations with his imagination, but Dad keeps stepping in and ruining the little Critter's fantasy in order to get his son to go to sleep.ReactionI really like this story because it reminds me of my old routine when I was little. It was a daily chore for my mother to try and get me to turn off my imagination and get enough sleep. I wish I had that time to sleep now though!! :-)Extension IdeasAsk the students to journal about their personal routines are before they go to sleep.Have the students think about what they would be if they could be anything in the world, and then try and draw a picture of it. Have each student share with the other students if they would like to.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Level 2.0This is a story of a little boy who does not want to go to bed. He plays and pretends he is all kids of things but the dad comes up with every reason he should go to bed. Most children do not want to go to bed, so this book is very relatable and funny when read aloud.It is short and not really a lesson behind it, but is cute.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Little Critter books.And we have a lot of them :) They're short, they're funny, they're topical, and they're cheap. Little Critter in this one keeps improving his nighttime routine by playing make-believe. And his dad, patient man, plays along with his make believe while moving Little Critter along to the next stage to sleep.Eventually, it goes too far and his parents just put him in bed - but they still tuck him in nicely.Very realistic, and very funny.
JSpencer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a critter that does not want to go to bed. He pretends he is a cowboy, a space cadet, a general in the army, a zookeeper and all kinds of other things to keep from going to bed. His dad plays along with him for a while but then he gets annoyed and says ¿just go to bed!¿ The critter finally gives in and goes to bed.I think this is a good book to help children use their imagination. The critter really uses his imagination when he pretends to be different things just so he can get out of going to bed. I like how the pictures go along really well with the story and show you exactly what he is pretending to do. In the classroom, we could have a dress up day where all the kids dressed up as something from the book. The critter dressed up and pretended he was several different things so the children could choose which one they wanted to dress up like. Also, we could have a discussion about each child¿s nighttime routine.
Bookwormeater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for this book because the daddy bunny seemed to be yelling at the baby bunny. There are a few words that would need some explaining.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This might just be my favorite Little Critter book. I swear we went through this routine every night in our house. "Just go to bed!"
amymonjeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a chritter that wants to be a cowboy, to a boy in bunny pygrammas. The dad is patient all through the story, and finally gets the little chritter to go to sleep in his bed. My son brian would have a problem going to bed when he wanted to stay up with me. I had sit by the bed to get him to sleep in his bed until he was a sleep. Once he got usewd to his new bed sometimes i just put him in bed and go right to sleep without question. In the classroom after reading time with the students discuss that bed time is not fun time and also do a activity that involves bed time rutine. Like a list of of things that you should do to get ready for bed before bed time.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an amusing book, and I'm sure that many of the readers, both old and young, can relate to the father's exasperated, "Just go to bed!" It went through a litany of pretend roles for Little Critter, and my children love hearing different voices to go along with each role. The only issue I have with this book is that I don't feel it teaches a very patient role of parenting, at least not to a young reader.
BethanyOliver More than 1 year ago
For every young boy with a wild imagination and a mother who wants nothing more than to put them to bed. . I have many blessed memories of trying to quiet my son with this book at bed time and inspiring his dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two and a half year old loves the naughty antics to delay bedtime, and particularly enjoys looking for the mouse friend on every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Little Critter books are written from the perspective of a toddler. I read these to my son when he was small, and now I give them to the new young children in my life. They are excellent and touch on many topics that appeal to children.
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RobNetz More than 1 year ago
Great book -- and so true to life :) I know I can totally relate...I wonder if my 3 year old son can?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like I have with my son, Little Criiter's dad has to struggle thru bathing and sending his son to bed. A deja vous for me, and as I expect, for many other dads.