Cover image for What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story
Title:
What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story
Author:
Lum, Kate.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999.

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny's resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 29305.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 22072 Guided reading level: J.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780803723825
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Taken to delightfully silly extremes, this wickedly daffy stalling-at-bedtime romp contains scenes that exhausted adults will recognize and every "almost"-ready-for-bed kid will wish for. Full color.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. In a ridiculous version of the I-don't-want-to-go-to-bed scenario, this tall tale from Britain combines the deadpan and the surreal in wild words and neon-colored acrylic illustrations. It is Patrick's first sleepover in Granny's house, and as the sun sets, she suggests that it is time for bed, dear. "But, Granny," says Patrick, and he points out that he does not have a bed there. "What!" cries Granny, and she rushes off to cut down a tree, saw the logs, measure, drill, nail, and paint. But Patrick tells Granny that he does not have a blanket. Appalled, she's off to the sheep to get wool. A pillow? She raids the henhouse. Teddy bear? She pulls down the living room curtains, cuts, sews, and stuffs a huge toy. What adds to the farce is that Granny does all this while wearing a sweet floral outfit, her blue-rinsed ringlets neatly in place, purse on her arm throughout. And the end? Both preschoolers and those who put them to bed are winners in this story. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

"This chuckler of a bedtime romp pits the wiles of a young procrastinator against his no-nonsense grandmother," said PW. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A resourceful Granny fulfills each of her grandson's bedtime needs in the most outlandish manner. The bright acrylic cartoons are in perfect sync with this zany putting-off-bedtime adventure. (Mar.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-It's Patrick's first sleepover at his Granny's house, and the woman is a little unprepared. As the sun begins to set, she instructs her grandson to get ready for bed. "But, Granny," the boy points out, "I don't HAVE a bed here." "WHAT?" cries Granny, and she runs out to chop down a tree, out of which she proceeds to make a bed. Patrick then points out the lack of a pillow, blanket, teddy bear...and finally, the fact that morning has arrived. This simple and inventive story moves along with a satisfying predictability; and if the pace is a bit rushed, readers will enjoy the mock surprise and melodrama of Patrick and Granny's repeated lines. The acrylic-paint illustrations are styled after the graphics of the 1950s and `60s, with dramatic and exaggerated layouts that command attention from a distance. The black text is well integrated into the double-page spreads, as are Granny's frenetic maneuvers. The effect is a little too enthusiastic, as is the story; but this is an admirable first picture book for both author and illustrator, and one that should find a place in most storytimes and collections.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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