Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a story about bedtime–not so much a story that will help with putting a child to bed because the story is so hilarious! The story begins with a nighttime setting on the farm. The farmer is busy putting all the animals to sleep and he does this with great care and attention. He pats the cows’ heads, he brushes out the tangles on the sheeps’ wool and turns out their light, he covers the chickens in a blanket and turns on their night light, and he reads a bedtime story to the duck. However, the duck is not sleepy, so the farmer tries a few other methods including singing a song, making shadow puppets on the wall, turning on a white-noise machine, yoga, and even discussing the news of the day. Nothing seems to work, so the duck sets off to find his perfect sleeping spot. Almost like Goldilocks, something is either too soft, too hard, too loud, or too bright. The duck finally settles on the perfect sleeping spot–dressed in the farmer’s pajamas and curled up on his bed. Now it is the farmer’s turn to be awake for the night!
The author/illustrator team of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin have put out another entertaining Click, Clack book that will surely delight young children. Some parents might even see their own children in the story–there is always a time when a child simply does not want to go to bed.
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 two and five years old, especially if they enjoy really silly humor. Children who enjoy the other Click Clack books will probably enjoy this one as well.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and five years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, a great addition to the every-popular Click, Clack books.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: November 14, 2020