Time for Bed, Old House by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by A.G. Ford

Published by Candlewick

Time for Bed, Old House: Bates, Janet Costa, Ford, A.G.: 9781536209983:  Amazon.com: Books
Time for Bed, Old House: Bates, Janet Costa, Ford, A.G.: 9781536209983:  Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  Isaac’s excited to be at Grandpop’s house, but he’s a little less certain about sleeping over.  “I’m not sleepy,” he says as bedtime approaches.  “Then stay awake,” replies Grandpop, “But it’s time to put the house to bed.”  They move slowly and quietly around the house, turning off lights and pulling shades.  When Isaac hears noises, Grandpop patiently explains what’s causing them: Snuffles the dog, the swingset creaking in the wind, the house making sleepy sounds.  Finally, Isaac and Grandpop snuggle in a chair to read a bedtime story.  Grandpop invites Isaac to tell him what’s happening in the pictures, then promptly falls asleep in the chair.  Isaac takes one more good-night tour around the house, then settles himself in.  The last picture shows the two of them and Snuffles snoring.  32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  A cute and reassuring bedtime story that could start a new nighttime routine of putting the house to sleep.  More power to Grandpop;  after a whole day with his grandson, he still has enough patience to take the time to make bedtime relaxed and happy.

Cons:  “Snuffles” seems like kind of a sad name for a dog.

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