Sunday, August 8, 2010

Good Night Pillow Fight by Sally Cook

Every child longs to stay up past their bedtime! It's always a battle of bargains to get to stay up just a little bit longer. Using just a few rhyming words that wind and wiggle their way across the pages in a variety of sizes and colors, this charming story typically has the children I work with giggling before I get to the third page. The story centers around a block of city apartments with different families all trying to get their children to go to be. Parent's try to use calming words like "Good night", to which the children reply "Pillow fight". "Kiss my cheek" turns into "Hide and seek". When the parents finally become frustrated the children in the apartments begin to come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they shouldn't go to bed. Things like, "No more juice", "Mother Goose?","But you haven't read" all keep the book moving joyfully towards the time when all of the children finally go to bed. The drawings a vivid and expressive and the text is simple but very appropriate for the night-time battle. The publishers suggest that the book would be appropriate for children between the ages of 4-8 years, but I have 2 and three year olds who really enjoy the antics of the children in the book. Where to Buy: Major children's book sellers usually carry this title and it can of course be found through on-line retailers.

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