Most bedtime-themed books have a lulling effect — for good reason, assuming that they are actually functioning as bedtime reads, since parents usually hope that their children will fall asleep quickly. That said, you might want to make an exception for this book.
A pair of red shoes become the subject of a disagreement between little Alfie and his mom. So, in an act of defiance over her (perceived) tyranny, Alfie dramatically declares that he is going to run away.
Little T has some misgivings about going to the zoo — hence the title Fraidyzoo — but the trouble is, she can’t remember what exactly she’s afraid of. Unlike most parents who will probably give the child some words of reassurance and convince her to join in, Little T’s family approaches the problem somewhat differently…
There’s something particularly endearing about farm animals that lend themselves well to starring in children’s books — although, I suppose a big part of it is stems from the fact that they are mostly non-threatening herbivores who have no desire to eat people!
In Where’s Tim’s Ted? It’s Time for Bed!, the eponymous young protagonist’s bedtime routine hits a snag when neither he nor his grandparents can find his teddy bear, Ted, anywhere in the house. As a result, Tim — like most children who are reliant on a comfort object during bedtime — is unable to fall asleep.
A case of mistaken identity results in Mr. and Mrs. Bird having to contend with a strange egg in their nest. However, not only do they not try to get rid of the egg, but they look after it as if it were their very own — never mind that it is so big that both of them can sit on it at the same time! And even when the egg hatches and the baby looks nothing like them — or like any bird, for that matter — they try their darnedest to feed and nurture it until the time comes for it to fly (or attempt to, anyway) the roost.
The Boat is a charming little hardcover book that is part of a series of re-released ‘Mouse Books’ by Swiss artist Monique Felix that star a little mouse who is seemingly trapped in the blank pages of the book, but uses its ingenuity and imagination to alter its circumstance in a delightfully unexpected manner.
Dark spaces tend to feed the imagination in an undesirable manner, since the lack of light impairs our vision and heightens the sense of the unknown. In The Bear Under the Stairs, this dark, unknown space takes the form of the storage area under the stairs in William’s house, where the young protagonist is convinced lives a scary grizzly bear who is out to eat him for tea!