Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures


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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
Edition Language:English
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    Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Reviews

  • Abigail

    Children's author and poet Nikki Grimes teams up with picture-book illustrator Elizabeth Zunon in this sweetly imaginative bedtime tale. A young girl resists going to bed, finding lots of ways to dela...

  • Ms. B

    3.75 stars, parents and caretakers who have a child with (what seems) a never-ending bedtime routine will appreciate this one as much as their young ones. Bedtime story - checkGlass of water - checkOn...

  • KC

    Sweet bedtime story with wonderfully colorful illustrations....

  • Brenna

    Such a treat! A beautifully illustrated hardcover book by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. Zunon's illustrations use brilliant colors that lift right off the page. Her sweet creature's...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Susan

    Sweet bedtime picture book for those restless critters, this one in a fuzzy red onesie, who don’t want to go to bed. Gentle nudges and fabulous collage like illustrations make this book a treat for ...

  • Panda Incognito

    I was excited to see that this book exists, since I enjoyed the new bath time book with the same characters so much, but this ended up being only average for me. The illustrations are gorgeous and cre...

  • 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...