Synopses & Reviews
Every kind of bird and beast has to sleep, from the monkeys in the jungle to the whales in the ocean to the ants under the ground.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; But not Fred. Hisand#160;to-do list is far too long!and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Armed with plenty of imagination, this determined little boy and his attempts toand#160;resist bedtime are sure to strike a chord with todayand#39;s over scheduled families.and#160;Drowsy animals of all stripes look on in disbelief as Fred keeps on going and going and going,and#160;until . . .and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Could it be that, after so much activity,and#160;evenand#160;Fred needs to rest?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Shhh. Close the book softly, and please let Fred sleep.and#160;
"Boudreau (Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings) dispenses mock advice for children who want to avoid bedtime with a sly dose of comedy. 'There you are, minding your own business, building the tallest block tower in the history of the universe or dressing up the cat when suddenly... a yawn pops out,' she writes. Yawning leads to pajamas, bedtime stories, lullabies, and then worst of all lonely darkness. 'How did I get here?' ask two eyes in a spread of pitch black. The key to avoiding all of this is to stifle yawns, Boudreau advises. Bloch's (My Snake Blake) scrawled pen-and-ink drawings in the school of Jules Feiffer and Quentin Blake show the threat of 'huggable stuffed animals' as a boy bolts, sweat jumping off his forehead, from the yawn-inducing elements of domestic life. The subversive narrator, who so clearly understands the indignity and outrage of bedtime, makes a wonderful ally, and Bloch's visual jests make this a book that promises to elicit not yawns, but guffaws. Ages 4 up. Author's agent: Lauren MacLeod, the Strothman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider and#160; "Schneider continues to show a remarkable talent for bringing uncommon humor and psychological depth to ordinary situations. . . . Another winner." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review and#160; "[This] playful take on the beauty makeover upends expectations with comedicand#8212;and powerfuland#8212;results. . . .and#160;A testament to the joy of creation and a celebration of a different kind of beauty." and#8212;Kirkus, starred review and#160;
Inand#160;Geisel Award-winner Josh Schneider's latest picture book, an ambitious young protagonist with an active imagination and a hefty to-do list resists bedtime with adventurous flair. Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred),
offers a hilarious, over-the-top take on a common childhood issue, packed with delicious visual detail and kid-appeal. Just right for fans of Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
and Mercer Mayer's Just Go to Bed.
About the Author
is the author of twelve books for children and young adults, including the novels Acadian Star
and Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toe Rings
as well as a popular Canadian chapter book series called Red Dune Adventures
. She lives in Ontario.
Serge Blochs first childrens book, I Cant Wait by Davide Cali, is an IBBY award winner and has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. His other credits include The Enemy, also written by Davide Cali, and several books he has written himself: Butterflies in My Stomach, You Are What You Eat, and Reach for the Stars. He divides his time between New York and Paris.