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Author: Julie Stiegemeyer

Illustrator: Laura J. Bryant

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is time for the seven little bunnies to go to bed, but they want to stay up and play! One by one, they play their games and "Cozy, dozy, drowsy ... drop." Until eventually they are all asleep. Mama and Papa bunny tuck them into bed, give each one a kiss and sing a lullaby. This is a soothing bedtime story for young children.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son liked this book. He liked predicting the next number (counts from "first" to "seventh" bunnies). The repetition of the "Cozy, dozy ..." phrase meant that he could say it along with me. This is a book he wanted to read again and again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book. It was fun and wound down to a sweet ending about going to sleep. I found myself reading the last stanza softly and gently and wanting to put the kids right in bed afterwards. It was very soothing, the kind of thing you want to say to your children every night as they go to sleep. Even the activities that the bunnies were doing winds down from active to quieter -- at first they were twirling, but the last bunny was only reading his stories in a chair and giggling.

Pros: This is a well-paced bedtime story with watercolor illustrations that are fun, sweet, and complement the story well. It is fun and engaging, yet soothing for bedtime.

Cons: NONE!

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a very good book. It is definitely fun to read and good for bedtime. If your child reacts well to it, possibly one for the bedtime story collection.


Educational Themes: This is meant to be enjoyed as a bedtime story, but it is also a chance to practice counting and talk about getting ready for bed (i.e., you can point out the different activities and ask if they are "busy" or "quiet").

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2012

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