Are You Ready for Bed? – Jane Johnson, illustrated by Gaby Hansen

5127auqsz3l      Are You Ready for Bed?  – Jane Johnson, illustrated by Gaby Hansen, Tiger Tales, (9781680105131), c2002, 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Mrs. Rabbit is ready to relax once all her babies are tucked into bed, but her youngest bunny wants to stay up.  Mrs. Rabbit tries all of the usual ways to get the littlest one to sleep. When a lullaby doesn’t work, she tries  a warm bath: “‘Ruba-dub-dub, my bunny needs a scrub.”  But her littlest is still not tired, so she tries some warm milk.  “‘Stirry, whirly, creamy white,’ she yawned. ’Time to cuddle and say good night.’”  But her youngest is really enjoying having his mother all to himself. “He wanted to stay up with Mommy forever.” After little bunny finally tires himself out, Mrs. Rabbit is for the peace and quiet.  But just as she begins to snore she hears “…her second youngest bunny call, ‘Mommy, I can’t sleep!’”  Parents will sympathize with tired Mrs. Rabbit, while children will love the little bunnies.  The soft pastel colored illustrations are perfect for bedtime.  Readers will enjoy the sweet and gentle parenting of Mrs. Rabbit.  This is a lovely bedtime story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a bedtime read aloud that parents and caregivers will love to share.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/5/17             

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