The clock ticks and the big hand sweeps past the little hand. Mommy says it’s time for bed. What happens next at your house?
Do you scream and holler, “NO! NO! NO!” and ask for a dozen glasses of water? Or do you grab your favorite book and wait for read-aloud storytime with your best stuffed pal under your arm? Do you tuck in quietly, or would you rather do anything than go to sleep when the big hand says it’s time?
What do you suppose Mom would do if you were the one in charge? Find out in “Bedtime for Mommy” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
It’s getting late, and although Mommy is busy, it’s her bedtime. Of course, she asks for “just five more minutes.” It’s hard to tell her “no.”
When the five minutes are up, Mommy has to put her things away. Just like always, she drags her feet and says she’s coming. It takes forever for her to get upstairs. She gathers her bath toys, slips into the tub, and gets scrubbed nice and clean.
Did she brush her teeth? Yep, and she did a good job. Mommy runs into the room and bounces on the bed, up and down. She’s not ready to go to sleep at all!
Mornings are easier when her clothes are chosen the night before, so it’s time to pick an outfit. But Mommy doesn’t like anything she has in the closet and she wrinkles her nose again and again. Finally, something perfect is chosen and it’s laid out for tomorrow.
Since nobody can go to bed without a bedtime story, Mommy carefully looks at her bookcase. She’d like two stories, but it’s getting late and the big hand says it’s bedtime. So Mommy picks her favorite book and listens until she feels sleepy.
Her eyes droop. Her glasses come off. She gets a bedtime kiss, snuggles down, and she gets tucked in. Shhhhhhh.
But wait! Mommy needs a glass of water. Just one – for now. And she hates when her bedroom door is shut. She wants it open, just a little bit... more.
Putting Mommy to bed is a big chore every night. But the work is far from done…
Without a doubt, there have been many times when your child has wished the tables were turned on decisions like bedtime. In “Bedtime for Mommy”, that desire becomes sweet reality.
Using spare (but totally authentic and definitely familiar) narrative, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal tells the story of a little girl in charge of getting her Mommy ready for bed. Kids who fight and struggle with bedtime are going to relish the cute story-twist at the end of this book, and you’ll both love paging through the colorfully funny pictures by illustrator LeUyen Pham.
If your 4-to-7-year-old needs a read-aloud before sleep each night, you can’t go wrong with this silly, giggle-producing book. When it’s time for lights-out, “Bedtime for Mommy” is a book you’ll want to put in their little hands.