Time for Bed, Old House

Candlewick. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536209983.
PreS-Gr 2–There are many ways to get a child ready for bedtime, from a simple story and lights out to other, more serious efforts at creativity. Isaac is excited to spend time with his grandfather, but nervous about sleeping away from home for the first time. Clever Grandpop has the just the right idea to ease the child’s fears. He asks him to help put the house to bed first. Although Isaac has little idea what that means, he carefully follows the older man’s lead. Together, they walk quietly through the house, enter each room, gently close window shades, and turn off lights to make the old house “dark and cozy.” Along the way, Grandpop explained each click, squeak, and creak Isaac hears, telling him, “This old house makes sleepy sounds, just like you.” The realistic illustrations of Grandpop’s old house, its interior, and the outside landscape make this tale even more tender. The art is as charming and endearing as Isaac and Grandpop’s bedtime adventure.
VERDICT The rituals of bedtime, as encompassing and timeless as the bonds between generations, elevate a simple tale and make it an essential purchase for every collection.

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