A boy and his favorite stuffed animals share their days with one another in this cozy bedtime picture book from Mem Fox.
There was once a boy who loved bedtime.
What could be more wonderful than sharing bedtime with beloved friends? The little boy in this gentle and fun story loves to talk to his stuffed animals each evening and share with them all the things that happened to him that day-and to hear about their days, too.
From bestselling author Mem Fox and award-winning illustrator Lauren Stinger, here is a celebration of imagination, play, friendship, and coziness certain to touch a chord with young children everywhere.
About the Illustrator
Lauren Stringer was born in Great Falls, Montana, USA. She is an artist and sculptor, and has designed sets and costumes for performance art, dance and theatre. She has illustrated many beautiful books, including Mud, by Mary Lyn Ray, Snow, by Cynthia Ryland, and her own, Winter is the Warmest Season.
"A boy loves all the nightly rituals of bedtime, but mostly he loves, after the last good night, sharing the story of the day with his stuffed animal friends Greedy Goose, Blue Horse, and Fat Rabbit.... While the rhythmic and snappy text sets up the action, it's really the art that tells the story. Rich spreads done in acrylics stay grounded in the present, but readers piece the story of the day together through the pictures. Each animal's perspective provides more clues until the boy's own version brings it all together. This warm, bedtime read celebrates the comforts of sharing a story together and a day well spent." --School Library Journal, September 2012 "A little boy loves to cuddle and chat with his stuffed-animal friends at bedtime.... The specifics are told wordlessly and in great detail in Stringer's bright acrylic illustrations with just the right softly fuzzy surroundings. From Goose's encounter with a pink umbrella to Horse's deployment as an emergency picnic site (a blanket thrown over his back makes his rockers a fine tent) to Rabbit's clothespin-pinched bottom, these adventures are charming and easy for little readers to follow.... Fox's use of rhyme and repetition has a flowing cadence that moves briskly along while allowing time to savor the details of the innocent delight of a small child's imagination.
A lovely, gentle story for bedtime sharing." --Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012 * "There once was a boy who loved bedtime," writes Fox (Two Little Monkeys), and within a few pages, it's clear why: when Mommy gives "the last good night" and departs, the boy gets to snuggle up with his beloved toys to discuss their respective days...as much as this book is about being the center of the universe, it's also about letting others hold the stage. A good friend, the final contented huddle tells readers, is also a good listener." --Publishers Weekly, July 16, 2012, *STAR