Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
4 STARRED REVIEWS
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.
"Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book" — The New York Times
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.
For those seeking children's books about diversity, this loving depiction of everyday shenanigans is sure to become a bedtime favorite. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures is an African American children's book that celebrates imagination, playful moments, and the love between a Black mother and child.
"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
"No! No! No!" begins Grimes's rhythmic, playful romp through a restless child's bedtime routine. As the toddler resists sleep, a mother patiently creates an imaginary menagerie via vivid similes "Your eyes swell, wide as owls... You coil beneath the quilt, silent as a snake" transforming a bedroom into a forest full of friendly creatures. Zunon's expressive, heavily textured collage is interspersed with abstract animals (evocative of Senufo textile art), clearly delineating imagined from real. Despite the mother's best efforts at trumpeting away any monsters and checking under the bed before reading the child a story, the child appears at the parents' bedside in the late night hours, pleading, "Mommy, can I sleep with you?" As she opens the covers for the tot to join, the parade of gentle beasts joins, helping to lull the now "very sleepy child" into slumber and turning the visually pleasing adventure into a loving, effective lullaby. Ages 4 8.
Great bedtime story
Wonderful book! The kids loved the pictures!