Bedtime for Frances

Bedtime for Frances


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Famed for her many adventures, Frances made her debut with this title over thirty years ago. In this first Frances book, the little badger adroitly delays her bedtime with requests for kisses and milk, and concerns over tigers and giants and things going bump in the night. Long a favorite for the gentle humor of its familiar going to bed ritual, Bedtime for Frances is at last available with the warmth of full color enriching Garth Williams's original nuanced and touching art. 'Here is the coziest, most beguiling bedtime story in many a day.'—Kirkus Reviews (pointer).

Author Biography: Russell Hoban, author of A Bargain For Frances, also wrote five other books about Frances: A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban, and Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams. Mr. Hoban lives in London, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064434515
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/1995
Series: Frances Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 69,630
Product dimensions: 7.88(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: 360L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Russell Hoban was the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits’ Wedding (HarperCollins).

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Bedtime for Frances (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the drawings of the parent badgers in this book. I really think this book was illustrated more for frustated parents rather than children who can't get to sleep. Good job Mr. Williams.
xuesheng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute book about Frances and her adventures with her mother and father while going to bed. The story mentions spanking, but this is my 6 year old daughter's favorite part, and she laughs every time.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply put, it is a cute little story about a badger that can't fall asleep. She finds many reasons to stay awake: she needs kisses from her parents, she needs another glass of water, she hears a monster, and she sees a monster. The list goes on and on. This isn't a badger only phenomenon. I had the same problem.As an adult, I obviously now identified more with the parents who wanted to eat their cake, drink their tea and watch television in peace. In the end Frances fell asleep despite having a real life distraction to really keep her awake. It's a cute book, though.
hnnewton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is bedtime for Frances and she keeps making up excuses not to go to bed. Eventually her daddy tells her that if she doesn't get any sleep she will not do well in school the next day. This book can teach children that if you don't do your job, their can be consequences for your actions.
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book to help with children who have a hard time with going to bed because of fears of the dark. However, in my opinion, it is not so great for children who don't have any issues with the dark because I have honestly experienced children using "scary noises" as an excuse after being read this book. (not the fault of the author of course) but overall I think this is yet another lovely chapter in the life of precocious Frances.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frances is so adorable - I want to reach through the pages and stroke her sweet head! In this one you also get to see her father's sweet grumpiness shine through. I remember when I was a child that bedtime could be very terrifying. I was so afraid of sleeping alone, but I forget why, really. But anyway, bedtime was a source of great anxiety for me, so I probably identified with Frances a lot when I read this as a child. As an adult, it's a fairly rote "are there monsters under the bed?" story, but it's elevated by the illustrations which convey a good sense of a child's smallness and hesitancy when confronting her fears.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story we all relate to, bed time blues, the need for just one more hug, and of course, spiders and giants! This is a sweet story, inviting, and energetic. There is the looming threat of spanking, which the teacher may want to, er, edit.
JenJenTX More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my son and now I'm happy to say that his daughter, my grand-daughter, is now enjoying it. Simply delightful!!!
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renbeit27 More than 1 year ago
AN undeniable modern day children's classic. Frances is a treasure!
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Momto3 More than 1 year ago
This classic from my childhood made my kids laugh out loud (ages 7, 6 and 4). we love it.
HistoryProf More than 1 year ago
We read this book before bed every night for probably a year. It is perfect for a precocious 3 year old, and will transition well into kindergarten and beyond. I purchased it for my best girlfriend and her daughter, who is 2 1/2, very verbal, and loves books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to love this book years ago, and my children love it today. It is a wonderful book for bedtime. My kids really enjoy all of the books about Francis
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i was in first grade i remember having to read this book in class and we all just loved it..i still have my first copy of this book and it's so much fun to relive the memories of this great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite story as a child and now i'm able to share it with my daughter. I still enjoy reading it and my daughter loves this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bedtime for Frances was the first book I bought at a Book Drive back in Second Grade. I still have my original copy. I Loved this book as a child.I am 31 now and bought copies for my two nephews and niece and now read it to my baby girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I still have the book my parents read to me, and I couldn't help but get another one for my two children! My son comes running to me to read it to him too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember growing up, my mom would read this book to me. I think I also had the book on record. It was fantastic. I've actually added it to my Christmas wish list so that I can have a copy of it for myself.