Time for Bed’s Story

Kids Can. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781525302398.
Gr 2-4–Bedtime often has a negative reputation, but when does anyone ever think about bedtime from the perspective of the bed? Bed has decided to speak out and voice his concerns after so many years of discontentment. From being kicked and drooled on at night to being jumped on during the day, Bed is having a hard time. The stinky mysteries under the bed are getting to him, and he can not bring himself to even talk about the tooth incident. But, now that the child who sleeps on Bed is getting older, it seems like the right time to ask for a little consideration of Bed’s feelings, too. Children who enjoy stepping away from the traditional storytelling style will appreciate the humor of this book. Bed has real personality and says everything that a typical bed, if alive, might be thinking. Short sentences make the story accessible for a range of readers, but the humor is best suited for those midway through elementary school. Vintage colors and patterns adorn each page, providing a retro quality to the story. Each illustration is dynamic, shifting in perspective from close-up to broader views, varying the feel of every page. The character of Bed is endearing in his curmudgeonly demeanor, especially as the child takes no notice.
VERDICT For a story hour about out-of-the-box thinking, this is a novel, cheerful way to get children to view things from a different perspective.

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