Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

Published by Clarion Books

Summary:  “Every kind of bird and beast/in the West and in the East/way up high and way down deep/everybody has to sleep.  But not Fred.  Fred has a to-do list you wouldn’t believe.”  On every page, animals are sleepily flossing, brushing, and getting ready to hit the sack.  Only Fred, blue-striped pj’s notwithstanding, is raring to go.  He breaks the world shouting record and tests his horn collection.  He practices karate chops and hunts the legendary Sasquatch.  He is, in other words, every parent’s worst bedtime nightmare.  Finally, however, Fred goes missing, and is found snuggled against a sheep, thumb in his mouth, asleep at last.  The last page warns the reader to close the book softly lest Fred wake up again.

Pros:  This is a great anti-bedtime story.  Kids will love the pictures of the animals as they get ready for bed and shake their heads at Fred’s antics.

Cons:  I experienced horrific flashbacks from earlier parenting days.


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