- 10,99 €
As the day comes to an end, bedtime draws near. But the little boy in this book is quite sure it is NOT time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed—helping with the dishes, playing with the dog, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth with Dad, being tucked in by Mom, and listening to a story—he becomes a little more certain: it is definitely not time for sleeping. The question is, when WILL it be time for sleeping? A rhythmic, cumulative text and lush twilit scenes come together to create a perfect bedtime book that will be treasured for generations to come.
Graff's bedtime story is told by a boy who has just finished dinner. His mother sits at his right, his father to his left, and the family dog looks up at him hopefully. He knows what's coming next, and it's not bed. "It is not time for sleeping," he informs readers. Comforting bedtime rituals accumulate, "House That Jack Built" style ("When dinner is over and the dishes are scrubbed and I'm squeaky-squeak clean and zipped up to my chin"), but the boy continues to defer thoughts of sleep. Castillo (Nana in the City) conjures security with her trademark warm colors and solid black contours; the light from the hall illuminates Dad's rocking chair as he reads to the boy in bed. "That was a nice one," Dad says about the story. "Mmm," the boy says sleepily. In her first picture book, Graff (Lost in the Sun) rebalances the traditional bedtime dynamic ever so slightly, portraying parents who never need to resort to authority, instead letting the reliable routines of day's end work their magic. Ages 4 7. Author: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. Illustrator's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management.