A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book

By: Sherri Duskey Rinker

Illustrated by: Tony Fucile

Published: February 23, 2021

Publisher: Chronicle Books


A little mouse isn’t ready to go to sleep and finds that while he is lying in bed, there are a lot of other creatures making all kinds of noises in the night. He eventually becomes so frustrated by all the noises that he has to make his own noise. But, soon, those are the noises that help him fall asleep.

This is another book I read to our great-nephew just before his naptime. He loved the repetitive nature of the story and of course, all the sounds that he got to make. His favorite one for me to make was the wwwwwhoooooossssshhhhh of the breeze through the trees. He liked to say a-woooo liked the coyote. I loved the sound of granddad’s snore, snort! bloop-bloop-bloop. Kids love books that offer an engagement factor and this one has it. With the repetitive text, kids will have a few times to say and repeat all the fun sounds of the night. There is also rhyming in the story, which is good for kids to learn the rhythm of a story, and soon they will be reading along with you.

The illustrations are like chalkboard paint drawings with the dark night sky and then trees, the house, and the animals all standing against the night sky. There is just enough silliness and sleepiness in this book to make this part of your nighttime routine. Reading this and then talking about the various noises your family hears at night would be fun. I know we would list the ice cubes dropping in the freezer, usually the dishwashing humming, and if the windows are open, the frogs in our neighbor’s pond. Be sure to add this cute mouse’s story to your bedtime reading lineup and don’t be afraid to exaggerate the sounds and bring on the giggles.

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the #1 New York Times author of GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE. She loves cooking, gardening, and old oil paintings. Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband and two sons. She’s constantly inspired — and often exhausted! Her books are love stories for her children, written to wrangle some smiles and with the hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all. For more, check out her website, HERE.

Tony Fucile has spent more than thirty years designing and animating characters for Disney and Pixar. Tony was born in San Francisco and currently resides in Southern California with his wife, Stacey, and their two kids, Eli and Elinor.

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