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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (Hardcover)

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By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
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Staff Reviews


Bedtime for Sweet Creatures is a pitch-perfect bedtime story for little ones who would rather play than snooze. As a very patient mother conjures a forest full of imagined beasts to mirror her child's bedtime antics, she lulls her "sweet creature" to sleep... Or does she? Delightful fun for big and little readers alike!

— Hannah DeCamp

Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List


“Grimes’ words and Zunon’s beautiful illustrations combine to create a book that has the potential to be a new bedtime classic, especially for parents looking for diverse books for their young children. Grimes uses animals and instruments to reimagine bedtime rituals in a story sure to delight readers in the same way as Eric Carle books.”
— Alison Perine, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

Description


Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.

"Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book"--The New York Times

It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy.

He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and hides like a snake.

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

For those seeking children's books about diversity, this loving depiction of everyday shenanigans is sure to become a bedtime favorite. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures is an African American children's book that celebrates imagination, playful moments, and the love between a Black mother and child.

"The mother's loving understanding is demonstrated by how she works with her child's rich imagination, never slipping into admonishment. As such, children will engage with the pajama-clad tot's antics and be soothed by the book's positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle."--Booklist, STARRED review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492638322
ISBN-10: 1492638323
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English