It is bedtime, but Edwin Dupree is afraid he might miss something if he goes to sleep. He is sure that more exciting things are happening downstairs. And so he keeps thinking up excuses to creep out of bed and head down to see the action. Claiming he is hungry, he creeps downstairs to discover his mother has been baking, although in his imagination the few things she has baked morph into a whole room full of sweet goodies to eat. Thirsty, he imagines the living room transformed into a water park, complete with waterfalls and rapids. When he is too hot, it is covered in ice and snow, with walrus and bobsledding penguins. When he is too lonely to sleep, he goes in search of his teddy bear, finding him in a forest complete with twinkling stars, a hoot owl, and his mom and dad roasting marshmallows by the light of the campfire. He finds his teddy bear, totes him back to his room, and only then is he able to fall asleep. The theme of not wanting to go to bed, so familiar to parents around the world, plays out nicely in this exaggerated tale. The illustrations are fun and over the top. This might not be the best book to use for bedtime reading, however. When toddlers see how much fun Edwin has each time he ventures downstairs, they will not want to go to bed either. 2006, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 4 to 8.