Tag Archives: bedtime

#blogbookaday: The Perfect Pillow

30 Mar

34646762.jpgSummary:  “In his strange new room on his big new bed, Brody tosses and turns, holding his stuffed dragon named Horst. His parents can’t help him fall asleep, so he has no choice to go out and search for a better bed. Is it a squirrel’s nest? A cloud? A rowboat on a pond? No, the moon is too bright, and the croaking frogs are too loud, so there’s nothing for it but to go back home and jump into his big new bed, where a friendly dragon makes a perfect pillow.

Young readers will enjoy floating along with Brody and Horst in this friendly nocturnal adventure with all the makings of a bedtime classic.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Brody can’t sleep in his big, new bed, so he goes off on an adventure with his stuffed dragon, Horst to find a better bed. He searches high and low, trying a squirrel nest, a cloud and a boat, until he finally travels back to his bedroom and falls asleep, with Horst as the perfect pillow. This is a sweet bedtime book that would work best at…. bedtime or even a pajama storytime at the library.

Personal Reaction: I thought this sweet little book was adorable in a very quiet and calm way. I loved how Brody decided to take matters into his own hands when he couldn’t fall asleep and was willing to try just about anything to find the perfect place to sleep. I also loved his relationship with his stuffy, Horst and how he completely trusted Horst to keep him safe and lead him to the best bed he could find. A perfect snuggly story to read at bed and a great story for those little ones trying a big bed for the first time.

Title: The Perfect Pillow
Author: Eric Pinder
Illustrator: Chris Sheban
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: February 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Mama’s Kisses

22 Mar

31019617Summary:  “It’s bedtime in the jungle, but baby panda, elephant, orangutan, and leopard are nowhere to be found. Their mamas set out to look for their wayward little ones, calling them to bed with a soft lullaby. But look! The baby animals are crawling, creeping, hiding, and giggling, playfully staying just one step ahead of their loving mamas.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Four jungle babies, a panda, elephant, orangutan, and leopard play hide-and-seek with their mamas at bedtime. All four mamas call for their little ones as they creep and crawl through the jungle, giggling and not yet ready to go to bed. Each mama has a different idea and when they find their little ones – hugs and kisses abound as they snuggle into bed.

Personal Reaction: The soft palette in yellows, oranges, blues and white are unique in a jungle book, but I loved how they worked together to create a quiet bedtime story perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. My only concern for this sweet story is that I would have liked to see a daddy thrown in the mix just once!

Title: Mama’s Kisses
Author: Kate McMullan
Illustrator: Tao Nyeu
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 28, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: If I Were a Kangaroo

16 Mar

31146866.jpgSummary:  “If I were a kangaroo,
I’d pick you up and carry you
In my pocket, sleepyhead,
And hop you gently off to bed. 

It’s time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas.

So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and…zzzzzzzzzzz.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A rhyming text about bedtime rituals makes the perfect way to end the day. I loved how the story not only rhymed, but also taught little ones about how other animals sleep at night (with more notes in the back of the book about each animal). I love when I enjoy reading a book and learn something too! The soft illustrations are beautifully washed in colors that evoke bedtime and nighttime with adorable animal parents and babies alike.

Personal Reaction: I absolutely adored this beautiful story of bedtime rituals and I loved the calming rhythm of the rhyming text. The illustrator, Anna Raff, also illustrated A Big Surprise for Little Card, which I loved! Each element worked perfectly together to create a quiet story and a perfect way to end the day with your own little one.

Title: If I Were a Kangaroo
Author: Mylisa Larsen
Illustrator: Anna Raff
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Nothing Can Frighten a Bear

9 Mar

34928699Summary:  “Daddy Bear insists he’s the scariest creature in the forest — didn’t you know that nothing can frighten a bear? When a noise in the night awakens Baby Bear, he starts to believe maybe there is something scarier out there than Daddy Bear. The bears set out to investigate. But as the monsters vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all! This hilarious, rhyming text about bedtime frights is a perfect read-aloud with a funny refrain.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A rhyming and counting book paired with bedtime theme is the perfect story for the whole family. Baby Bear is certain he’s heard a monster, so the whole family goes out into the night for an adventure looking for the monster. Along the way they begin losing family members as they get stuck in trees, the stream and the mud. Soon it’s just Daddy Bear and Baby Bear when they hear a noise behind them… what could it be?

Personal Reaction: I thought this was a fun story and really loved the dark illustrations of the woods at night, while keeping it light enough not to scare little ones. My favorite part was toward the end when Daddy Bear became frightened by the “monsters” because it shows kids that daddies can have a wide range of emotions as well. This story would work well with toddlers and preschoolers who may be frightened by monsters looming in the night and might even encourage the family to go on their own hunt to look for monsters around the house!

Title: Nothing Can Frighten a Bear
Author: Elizabeth Dale
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Publication Date: January 2, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Nature’s Lullaby Fills the Night

9 Feb

35658993.jpgSummary:  “Night falls, and the world sings a lullaby in this beautifully imagined picture book. The lush illustrations and gentle, rhyming text will lull young readers to sleep. Shh—listen. Can you hear the quiet, loving sounds of the nighttime world? From moths fluttering their powdery wings, to a nightingale’s sweet trills, to swaying willow trees softly shushing, shushing everyone to sleep, this rhythmic, rhyming lullaby will soothe and calm little ones. The tender, nature-filled bedtime scenes sweep across land, sky, and sea, with animal parents everywhere tucking in their children. A final scene featuring a mother and her baby brings the whole story back home.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This lullaby is filled with rhyming words that make the rhythm when reading aloud to be very smooth and comfortable. There’s nothing worse than trying to read a rhyming book that misses a rhyme or forces you to pronounce a word a very specific way to get it to work and this book, I’m happy to say, doesn’t do that. Each verse is done perfectly not only to rhyme but follow the same rhythm. The dark illustrations coincide with the idea of a bedtime lullaby keeping the colors in the same tone and palette. This is a beautiful combination of descriptions with gorgeous illustrations that make a successful bedtime story for little ones.

Personal Reaction: I loved this book in dark jewel tones with its quiet, rhyming couplets that would make this the perfect bedtime book for little ones. I really enjoyed the descriptive words to explore how each animal and plant gets ready for the night. I think my favorite spread was the one with dandelion puffs floating through the evening sky – “Drifting wanderers, white as snow, parachute where dreams can grow.”

Title: Nature’s Lullaby Fills the Night
Author: Dee Leone
Illustrator: Bali Engel
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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