Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! – by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Lori Nichols


     Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! – by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Lori Nichols, Schwartz & Wade Books, (9780375866487), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

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

What did you like about the book? All the residents on the farm are heading for bed, starting with a little girl, “Snuggled in. Snuggled down. Bedtime on the farm.” Next, pig heads to bed, but when he plops down, “Moooo! Who do you think he found?” Turn the page and see that there is a cow in the pig’s sty. He tells the cow to “Get up.” And “Go sleep in your own bed!” thus setting off a chain of displaced animals. The animals are tired and grumpy as they go back to their own beds only to find someone else in it. Onomatopoeia-laden language begs to be read dramatically. Meanwhile, listeners have an opportunity to chime in on the repetitive refrain. They can also try to guess what animal is in the wrong bed each time using clues like the animal’s noise chicken (Bwaaaak!), horse (Naaay!), sheep (Mehhhhh!), dog (Arrr-roooof!), and cat (Meeeeooow!) and seeing a portion of the body. There is a sweet twist at the end as the animal that started all the bed-hopping is welcomed into the cuddliest bed of all. Cool blues and greens dominate the nighttime scenes, and the animals, though sleepily grouchy, are appealing.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  The large pictures and repetitive phrases would work well if this were read aloud to a group of toddlers. It would work equally well if heard while cuddled up in one’s own bed at bedtime.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day care centers.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  6/2/17

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