Book Review: The Going to Bed Book

Rating: ★★★★☆

There are about a thousand going-to-bed books for toddlers, most of them soothing, almost none of them funny.  This one manages to be both.  In simple, rhythmically rhyming verse, a group of animals on a cruise ship go through their bedtime rituals: bathing, tidying, dressing, brushing teeth, and then (here’s a surprise) exercise – then finally to bed, and with the ship “they rock/ and rock/ and rock to sleep.”

It takes an ingenious writer to make such a punchy, silly, and somehow comforting story look so easy.  Like most of Boynton’s books, this is sure to be a hit with toddlers everywhere.

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Publication Information: Boynton, Sandra. Going to Bed Book, The. Little Simon. 1982. ISBN: 0671449028.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on February 21, 2011

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