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Cornelius P. Mudd, Are You Ready for Bed?
     

Cornelius P. Mudd, Are You Ready for Bed?

by Barney Saltzberg
 
Bedtime rituals take a silly twist in this humorous read-aloud sure to get restless little ones ready for their good-night hug.

Cornelius P. Mud, do you know what time it is?

It's time for bed, and Cornelius P. Mud knows what that means — putting his toys away, brushing his teeth, putting his pajamas on, all the things we do every night. Right? Wrong!

Overview

Bedtime rituals take a silly twist in this humorous read-aloud sure to get restless little ones ready for their good-night hug.

Cornelius P. Mud, do you know what time it is?

It's time for bed, and Cornelius P. Mud knows what that means — putting his toys away, brushing his teeth, putting his pajamas on, all the things we do every night. Right? Wrong! Bedtime at Cornelius's house is no ordinary event. Whether it's stuffing toys in the fridge or playing rodeo in the bathroom, this plucky piggy has his own ideas. So no, Cornelius isn't quite ready for bed — he's having too much fun!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Bedtime can be a difficult time for parents and youngsters. So when Cornelius, an appealing young anthropomorphic pig, is asked if he knows what time it is, he says "Yes!" He also answers "Yes!" to the series of questions familiar to parents and kids. "Yes!" he says; he has put his toys away, fed his fish, used the bathroom, brushed his teeth, put on his pajamas, chosen a book. But each question and answer across a double page is matched by an illustration telling a different story: his toys are in the refrigerator, the fish have received a cookie, etc. So when he is asked if he is ready for bed, the answer is "No!" Did he forget something? A hug, of course. Then he is finally ready, or is he? The front end-papers introduce Cornelius in bed playing with his stuffed animals; he illuminates the title page with his flashlight. On the back end-papers he is in the dark with his flashlight shining on his guitar, grinning with mischief in his eyes, surely ready for something other than sleep. Pencils produce the simple shapes of the characters and the few associated objects while added acrylic paints supply color and lighthearted contextual details. Pencils also add visual fun for older readers by supplying amusing names on cookie boxes ("Yummo Little Bitty Cookies") books ("Charlotte's Website") even toothpaste ("Oinkbrite"). Great bedtime fun. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 2 to 5.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this humorous title, the text is limited to typical bedtime questions such as, "Have you put your toys away?" and "Did you feed your fish?" Cornelius replies in the affirmative to each inquiry, but it is the art that tells the whole story. Through Saltzberg's acrylic-and-pencil illustrations, readers see that while the young pig did put his toys away, he put them in the refrigerator. Youngsters also see that the fish were fed, but they are nibbling on cookies instead of fish food. This book is sure to generate laughs from children and adults alike. Cornelius will be welcome in most libraries.-Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In an amusing counterpart to David Shannon's instant classic No, David! (1998), a cheery piglet calls out affirmatives to a series of bedtime queries from an oblivious parent: "Have you put your toys away?" "Did you feed your fish?" "Did you choose a book?" and so on. But the simple, brightly colored pictures tell a different story, as those toys are all piled into the fridge, the fish are dining on cookies and Cornelius, clad in swimwear as well as pj's, is staggering beneath a tottering pile of reading-including the likes of Where the Wild Pigs Are, and The Day the Piggies Crawled Away. Still, by the time that parent, portrayed generically in shirt and sweat pants, finally steps in, Cornelius lacks only a hug to be ready for dreamland. Well, not exactly . . . With only a few very large words per page for text, and figures placed against featureless, unevenly brushed backgrounds in the art, this helter-skelter bedtime ritual even has a David-ish look-but its unique tack makes it more that just borrowed goods. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763623999
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the author-illustrator of CRAZY HAIR DAY, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. His numerous other books for children include SOCCER MOM FROM OUTER SPACE, ANIMAL KISSES, and BABY ANIMAL KISSES. He is also the illustrator of HOW MANY ELEPHANTS? by Selby Beeler. Barney Saltzberg gets ready for bed in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, two children, three dogs, and a pond of fish, but regrettably, no little pink pig.

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