The big hand of the clock is at 12.
The little hand is at 7.
It is seven o’ clock.
It is bedtime for Frances.
It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one from Mother. And then there are tigers and giants and ominous cracks in the ceiling to keep her up. Will Frances ever go to sleep?
It’s bedtime for young Frances–an adorable and irrepressible little badger–and everyone is ready but her. At 7:00 p.m. Frances is wide awake and bursting with youthful excitement. She tries every delay tactic she can muster–from demanding extra hugs and kisses to volleying a series of urgent last-minute questions (“May I sleep with my teddy bear?” “May I have my door open?”). She’s almost positive there are spiders, giants, and tigers in her room.
Any parent will quickly identify with this phenomenon–how the last minutes of the day suddenly become the most action-packed. Garth Williams’s illustrations complement Russell Hoban’s sweet story perfectly, capturing the endless energy and overactive imagination of Frances, and the waning patience of her exhausted parents. Bedtime for Frances is the perfect goodnight story to tell your wide-eyed children. And never fear, like Frances, they too will eventually, contentedly, drift off to sleep. (Ages 4 to 8)