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Author: A.D. Tarbox

Illustrator: Julie Olson

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Publisher: Moo Press, an Imprint of Keene Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: As Mom moves through the house at the end of the day, she discovers that husband, children, and pets are all asleep. She tells us about all the activities that wore them out ... and entreats the reader to sleep, as well. This is a rhyming picture book with a bedtime theme.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child. Also reviewed by the Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: While our child found it funny that everyone was asleep, s/he quickly grew bored with the book.

Teen reviewer: The simplicity and stagnation of the plot will prevent the book from becoming any child’s favorite read. It is a library hopeful. The plot is completely devoid of movement. The wonderful illustrations rescue the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I would have to agree with the target audience. By five, audiences are looking for more substance in their bedtime stories. This is probably best for toddlers.

Pros: Toddlers will enjoy the fun of the story and the rhyming. The drawings are visually soothing with their blend of warm colors, subtle detail, and welcoming images of the home.

Cons: Everyone, no matter their age, enjoys at least a little action in a plot.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, if you are reading to a toddler. Parents and children alike will relate to being so tired they just conk out.


Educational Themes: This is a straight-up bedtime story. You might want to remind little ones to get in their PJs first, though.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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