Where’s Tim’s Ted? It’s Time for Bed! by Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto

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.

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Instead he decides to sneak out to the family farm to look for Ted in his pyjamas. Thus, armed with a practical flashlight, Tim embarks on a rollicking night-time adventure — along the way picking up a hilarious motley band of talking farm friends who accompany him on his search.

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Perfectly complemented by the lively illustrations — which are the perfect mix of funny, sweet and wacky (the farm animals are a hoot!) — the book’s irreverent rhyming prose is great fun to read aloud or even dramatise.

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All in all, this book is the perfect bedtime pick for little farm fans who have grown out of Big Red Barn. After all, there’s nothing like a good dose of silliness to end the day on a high note.

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