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On Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” (from November 2011)

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Here’s a truth that I believe is universally acknowledged (apologies to Jane Austen): at bedtime, parents want their kids to go the eff to sleep. Remember that parent-trap by Adam Mansbach from 2011? Inspired by that publishing phenomenon, Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. We offer […]

Twenty Yawns

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Having won a 2015 Caldecott honor for Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo will surely be on the Caldecott committee’s radar. This is a very different book in theme and even in palette, but once again she does here what she does best: keep the focus tightly on the child’s experience, and get it just right. […]

Goodnight unicorn lovers everywhere

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Goodnight Unicorn by Pearl E. Horne, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer (Bailiwick Press, February 2016) bills itself as “a magical parody” of – you guessed it! – Goodnight Moon. Given the descriptor parody right there on the cover, I expected the book to be silly: filled with farting rainbows and all that. Parodies are supposed to […]

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep audiobook

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or “You’re getting tiiiiiiired. You’re getting sleeeeeeepy. Avoid this post if you want to accomplish aaaaaaaanything today.” Remember The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (Crown)? Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s runaway bestseller came out in October, and uses “sophisticated psychological techniques” to tell children’s unconscious minds to sleep. Is this a good idea? I dunno. I […]

Review of Goodnight, Good Dog

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Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray; illus. by Rebecca Malone Preschool   Houghton   32 pp. 11/15   978-0-544-28612-2   $16.99 A small yellow dog has no interest in going to bed. (Just like many a child.) Even after the house and the people in it are asleep, the dog is awake and remembering his fun-filled day—playing, eating, […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Bedtime

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Choldenko, Gennifer Putting the Monkeys to Bed 32 pp. Putnam 2015. ISBN 978-0-399-24623-4 Illustrated by Jack E. Davis. At bedtime, Sam and his toy monkeys are wide awake. Busy cartoon art full of overstimulating detail vibrates with energy, capturing what it might feel like to be Sam, whose “brain is buzzing.” Eventually, Sam handles the […]