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Humphrey's bedtime
Hunter, Sally.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt, 2001.

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 56867.
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Even big girls get tired sometimes!

"Story time," said Mommy.
Humphrey was all snuggly and sleepy.
But Lottie didn't want her story. She said, "I don't go to bed yet. I am a BIG GIRL."

Humphrey is busy getting ready for bed, but Lottie has far more important things to do. She has to take care of her stuffed animals and make sure they are ready for bed. Luckily, Lottie is a big girl, so she gets to stay up very, very late. But it's hard work getting all those babies ready for bed, and even big girls get tired sometimes.

Humphrey, the endearing toddler from Humphrey's Corner , is back. In this charming companion book readers meet Humphrey's big sister, Lottie, and a familiar bedtime ritual takes on a whole new meaning.

Author Notes

Sally Hunter's own childhood memories and the antics of her three children were the inspirations that led her to create Humphrey and his friends. Ms. Hunter lives with her family in England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. It's hard to imagine a bedtime book that captures more perfectly the ambivalence little children feel about going to sleep. Here, it's elephant-child Lottie who wants it known, especially to her younger brother, Humphrey, that she's allowed to stay up very, very late because she's the biggest. Humphrey dutifully agrees with this repeated refrain as he takes his lovely bath, puts on his pajamas, and sups on hot milk and buttery toast. Meanwhile, Lottie is much too busy with her doll babies to consider sleep. However, as Humphrey snuggles in bed, listening to a story, Lottie finds her babies becoming ever more problematical. It's Daddy to the rescue, as he takes the crabby, sleepy child to bed. Hunter's softly colored pictures, thoughtfully and humorously rendered, are right on the mark. The family members, like the situation they find themselves in, are true-to-life. Text and art combine to make children see themselves in the story, which will charm even the most hardened sleep-resister. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Sunny, pastel-toned pictures and an appealingly simple narrative introduce an elephant toddler," wrote PW of Humphrey. In the first, he searches for a place to play; in the second, the hero's big sister asserts she should get to stay up later. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A small, cuddly, round elephant is following his usual bedtime routine. First comes bathtime, followed by supper, and then a bedtime story. But that's not what big sister Lottie wants. She, after all, is a BIG GIRL. She must tend to her own babies' needs and scurries about importantly feeding, bathing, and tucking them in. But even big girls get tired and soon Lottie "felt all hot-and CROSS!" Fortunately, Daddy knows it's time to trundle her off to bed. With its familiar predicament to all families with siblings, this story will elicit nods of recognition from parents and children alike. Although the illustrations may be too pastel for an effective group use, the soft palette, the charming elephant family that lives in dormered, cluttered comfort, and the light font with its hand-lettered appearance all combine to make this a good choice for comforting nighttime sharing.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.