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Interrupting Chicken
May 4th, 2013 by Noodlenuts

“Chicken.”

“Yes, Papa?”

“You interrupted the story. Try not to get so involved.”

Bedtime stories are a cherished tradition for most families, and one I wholeheartedly endorse. There are few better times to share a great story than when you’re snuggled up with your sleepy kids at the end of the day. And most of the time, a gentle, quiet, calm-inducing story is exactly what’s called for in that situation. But every once in a while, the usual bedtime stories get a bit tedious, and that’s where Interrupting Chicken comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Froggy
Oct 9th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Toddler

There is a Froggy  story for almost every occasion or circumstance, but unlike some other such prolific authors, Jonathan London manages to maintain the entertainment value throughout this series of familiar situations, with sound effects that will keep toddlers giggling non-stop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sun is Falling, Night is Calling
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Dusk’s around us,

Night is near.

Mama says,

“Come snuggle here.”

I am not easily impressed by simple bedtime stories. In fact, it seems sometimes that the simplest books are the most difficult to do well, because they require such thoughtfulness when it comes to word and picture in order to avoid trite cliches.  I am, however, extremely impressed with  Sun is Falling, Night is Calling.  This is bedtime storytelling at its best, and any parent of a young child would be remiss in passing it up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where is the Green Sheep?
May 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Here is the blue sheep.

And here is the red sheep.

Here is the bath sheep.

And here is the bed sheep.

But where is the green sheep?

At first glance, Mem Fox’s Where Is The Green Sheep? seems deceptively simple, little different from every other baby book about that storybook farmyard staple, the woolly sheep. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Goodnight Train
Mar 7th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

All aboard! The sun is down.

The Goodnight Train is leaving town.

Find your sleepers! Grab your teddy.

Climb right up! Your bed is ready!

The Goodnight Train is one of those books that, as soon as you read it, you can see its potential to be a bedtime favourite for the long haul.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Pajama Time! and The Going To Bed Book
Mar 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Get yourself set to pajama-dee-bop—

it’s PAJAMA TIME!

 

One word.  That’s all it takes to illustrate the incomparable appeal of Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton. Granted, it’s really three words in one, but you get my point: I defy anyone, of any age, to resist falling head-over-heels for a book that includes the word “pajama-dee-bop”. Read the rest of this entry »

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If Animals Kissed Good Night
Feb 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

If animals kissed

like we kiss good night . . .

 

. . . they would all have their own unique bedtime rituals, much like human parents and children.

This is a beautiful book for parents and little ones to share at bedtime. Sweet (but not sappy), gentle rhyming descriptions of how different animal parents would kiss their children goodnight are perfectly complemented by David Walker’s smudgy pastel-coloured illustrations of these animal families settling down for the night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yellow Moon, Apple Moon
Feb 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Yellow Moon, Apple Moon,

Time to sleep. See you soon.

With a simplicity reminiscent of Goodnight Moon but a slightly more organic feel, Yellow Moon, Apple Moon is a wonderful going-to-bed story. Read the rest of this entry »

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