Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Fox and Rabbit live together in a cozy house beyond the edge of town. In these eleven and one half short and absurd stories, they try a variety of ways to get to sleep. They play with vocabulary, go night sledding among the flower petals, camp on a high hill, and treat each other with kindness,
Fox and Rabbit have a recurring cast of friends and neighbors: Elephant, Kangaroo, Lottie the big sheepdog, and the dreaded wolf in the leather jacket. There is a nice balance of male and female characters, and the author manages to stay away from gender stereotypes.
Some of the illustrations are expansive, stretching across the 2 page spread. Some are tiny decorations. Some are full color, some are quietly grayscale. This nicely complements the stories being told. All show plenty of motion and action. (For a book of bedtime stories, this gets pretty wild!)
The stories, simply titled ‘first story,’ second story,’ etc., are only a few pages long and very silly. They are perfect for the child who begs for ‘just one more bedtime story!’ It is especially satisfying that the half story comes towards the middle of the book, and not at the end.
Children listening to this will want to try many of the things that Fox and Rabbit do – be ready to count goodnights, sleep like bats, and to talk them out of swinging from the light fixtures.
There’s a sweet twist at the end that reveals how the book got written.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended to readers who enjoy silliness! For kids who like the humor of Amelia Bedelia and the Wise Men of Chelm, and the friendships in Winnie the Pooh and Frog and Toad.
Who should buy this book? Preschools and public libraries. This would be a lovely gift for families with toddlers and preschoolers.
Where would you shelve it ? Picture Books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, especially if your library has a strong call for more bedtime stories.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 22 February 2018