From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—In this reversal of roles in the bedtime routine, a mother tries all the familiar stall tactics when her daughter announces, “Time for bed, Mommy!” She tries everything from a plea for five more minutes to a final drink of water and the door left slightly ajar. The story is told in short sentences that fit neatly into dialogue balloons. The perky watercolor and ink cartoon-style illustrations on white backgrounds speak as clearly as the text. Some pages are wordless and allow readers to tell the story themselves. Little girls in particular will love sharing this bedtime story with their mothers.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Eschewing the typical scenario of readying children for bed, Rosenthal tickles toddlers’ funny bones with a role-reversal tale in which the child gets Mommy ready for bed. Working at her computer, papers askew, a harried and bespectacled mom pleads for five more minutes. Wearing a self-satisfied smile, the freckled child times her and then pushes her up the stairs to her bath. Pham cleverly submerges Mom in a bubble bath while the determined child scrubs her toes. Mom then gives thumbs-down to several attempts at picking tomorrow’s outfit, exuberantly bounces into bed, bargains unsuccessfully for two books tonight (they curl up with Anna Karenina), and begs for a glass of water. Watching the clocks will provide added amusement (it takes one hour to get Mom tucked in, and then it’s Dad’s turn). With the entire text in speech bubbles and humorous, uncluttered watercolor paintings surrounded by lots of white space, this switcheroo book is a perfect bedtime choice. Preschool-Kindergarten. –Patricia Austin
About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the bestselling author of Little Pea, Little Oink, Duck! Rabbit!, Spoon, Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons as well as Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life for adults. She is the creator of a performance art movie called “The Beckoning of Lovely” in which lots of strangers do things together (see www.thebeckoningoflovely.wordpress.com), is a frequent contributor on NPR, notably “Writers Block Party” on Chicago Public Radio, and is at work on many other books. See also Amy’s website at www.whoisamy.wordpress.com. Amy lives with her family in Chicago, IL.
Le Uyen Pham is the award-winning and best-selling illustrator of Julianne Moore’s Freckleface books and the New York Times bestseller Grace for President as well as Big Sister, Little Sister and many other favorites. See www.leuyenpham.com. LeUyen lives with her family in San Francisco, CA.