Time For Bed’s Story by Monica Arnaldo

Time For Bed’s Story by Monica Arnaldo. Kids Can Press, 9781525302398, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? Children will get a kick out of hearing how Bed sees things happening in the bedroom. Instead of a bedtime story, we get to see a story told by Bed himself. Our character is a single bed in a typical child’s room complete with toys, stuffed animals, books and all kinds of other things strewn about the room. Bed begins the story by saying how much he knows children do not like going to bed. They always say they are not sleepy, want to read for a few more minutes, or need a glass of water. Bed points out that being a bed is not so great either. First, the young boy in this story is constantly kicking Bed during the night and drooling all over the sheets. Bed does not like being jumped on or having so many stickers plastered all over the headboard. Bed especially does not like all the yucky food items and dirty clothes that are hidden under the bed. Bed never complains, but is asking for a little respect. Despite all these issues, Bed is happy to be a part of this child’s life-no matter what.

The illustrations in this book are sure to set off some giggles in young children. Bed is so expressive–showing annoyance when feet are kicking his headboard, disgust with stinky breath while snoring, discomfort when the young boy takes all the covers on a cold night, and confusion when the tooth fairy pays a visit.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and six. I would especially recommend it to children who enjoy books that feature inanimate objects coming to life such as Schools First Day of School or even the objects in Beauty and the Beast.

Who should buy this book?  Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and six.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, I could see this book being read out aloud with silly expressions during a story time program for children-really get the giggles going.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: October 26, 2020

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