Bedtime for Albie – Sophie Ambrose


     Bedtime for Albie – Sophie Ambrose, Candlewick Press, (9781536211184), 2021

Format:  Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  All of the animals are ready for bed except for little Albie the warthog.  He tells his Mommy: “Not now! It’s time for rolling and jumping, sniffling and snuffling.  Not bedtime!”   Albie trots off with a “Skippety trot trit trot” to find his playmates.  But all of his friends are getting ready for bed and do not want to play.  The cheetahs are having a bedtime story, the elephants are having a bedtime shower, and the meerkats are just tired. Albie decides he can play by himself, but soon the sounds of the night begin to frighten him. The hippos arrive to take Albie back home.  His mother tells him it is bedtime but first he must have his mud bath.  Albie finds this to be the best fun he’s had all day and soon his friends join in.  Finally, Albie is ready for bed.  The beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, in muted tones of green, brown, yellow and blue, bring the savannah to life along with all the animals.   Little ones will enjoy the repetition of Albie’s “Skippery trot trit trot” throughout the story.  This is sure to be a popular bedtime story choice.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Add this to your bedtime story pile.  Pair it with other books about avoiding bedtime including I Don’t Want to Go to Bed!  by Julie Sykes, Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, and Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  

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

Date of review: 2/27/2021        

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