Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.

"[A] rhythmic, playful romp through a restless child's bedtime routine... a loving, effective lullaby."―Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy.

He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and hides like a snake.

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

"The mother's loving understanding is demonstrated by how she works with her child's rich imagination, never slipping into admonishment. As such, children will engage with the pajama-clad tot's antics and be soothed by the book's positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle."―Booklist, STARRED review

Title:Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
ISBN:9781492638322
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    Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Reviews

  • KC

    Sweet bedtime story with wonderfully colorful illustrations....

  • Melanie Dulaney

    Thanks for sending me an ARC of this beautifully illustrated poem for preschoolers, Sourcebooks! I’ve always enjoyed Nikki Grimes’ poetry, but the artwork by Elizabeth Zunon makes this one stand o...

  • Laura Harrison

    It is only January but Bedtime for Sweet Creatures will be one of my favorite picture books throughout 2020. The rhythm and illustrations are perfection. The book begs to be acted out. The illustratio...

  • Sandra

    Not sure how kids will react to the direct 'you' which makes it feel a little like tell and don't show, but charming illustrations with great movement and brilliant colors. With all the animal effects...

  • Pam

    I loved the beautiful, colorful, intricate illustrations in this bedtime book. I also enjoyed the ties between the little girl's actions and personality to the animals she imagines. My main concern is...

  • Jamie

    I received an ARC at Book Expo.Cute story with great illustrations....

  • KDV

    I love the illustrations and the layout. Would be fun to read and act out....

  • Ricki

    My Review:The rhythm of this book is palpable. As a mother of three children six and under, I identified whole-heartedly with the mother of this book. She just wants her child to go to bed. As the chi...

  • Tasha

    A small child does not want to go to bed in this poetic look at bedtime struggles. The book begins with the word “no” being chanted like a drum beat. The child asks “who” like an owl as if the...

  • Margie

    Regardless of the continent, country or community, it is a routine repeated daily. When parents are ready to rest, their children are not sleepy. You would think after a day of nearly non-stop action ...