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The noisy way to bed
Whybrow, Ian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2004.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
As a sleepy boy decides it is bedtime and sets out across the farm toward home, he meets several animals who, in their noisy way, express the same idea.
Reading Level:
AD 440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 77403.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 36201 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In this nighttime followup to the bestselling BOOK! BOOK! BOOK!, going to bed has never been so noisy . . . or so fun!

You're supposed to be quiet at bedtime, right?
Well, someone should tell these animals that!

The little boy just wants to go to sleep, but the duck, the horse, the sheep, and the pig won't let him get to bed . . .
or even finish a sentence!

Come along as the five friends find their
quack - baah - neigh - oink
noisy way to bed!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. The author of Where's Tim's Ted (2000) returns to a favorite theme of farm animals as compatriots in this charming story about a tired little boy who has one thing on his mind--making it home to his pillow and comforter. But on his homebound route past a pond, he encounters first a duck, then a pig, a horse, and a sheep, each of which interrupts his comments with grunts and squeals. The boy invites all the animals to tag along, and the curious group of verbose vagabonds follows his lead to a warm, snuggly conclusion. Like Marie Torres Cimarusti's Peek-a-Zoo (2003), this will delight preschoolers with its catalog of familiar animal sounds and likely trigger a rousing recitation of quacks, baaas, oinks, and neighs, right on cue. Beeke's soft-edged watercolors lend an English-countryside quality to this (ultimately) sleepy tale. --Terry Glover Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Will the sleepy boy ever get to say the word that both describes his destination and finishes Whybrow's (Sissy Buttons Takes Charge!) rhyme? "This little boy was oh so tired/ and this is what he said:/ I think I'll go home past the pond,/ because this is the way to...." But before the boy can say "bed," a resident duck interrupts with "Quack!" "Hey!/ That's not what I meant to say," replies the boy. "Well, you can come along." As the sun sets, four other animals join the march home, each signing on as the boy walks past its domain, and each interrupting him with a whinny, oink or other appropriate sound. Finally, with a "Quiet! Shhhhhhh!" the boy gets the last word and the cozy bed he's sought. Set in the time leading up to lights out, the story invokes a lovely, dreamlike quality: the gentle, muted tone of the text, the boy's acquiescence to the animals, and the resolute yet surreal nature of the journey all seem like elements floating up from a sleeping consciousness. Beeke (Book! Book! Book!) enhances that feeling with simple, solid characterizations and, by contrast, pastoral twilight landscapes in which the leaves, flowers and rays of sunlight seem to melt into one another, just as the boy and the animals later slide all the way into slumber. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This engaging bedtime story begs for participation from children. A sleepy boy, clad in his pajamas and slippers, heads across the farm toward home. Along the way, he picks up an entourage of animals, one by one, and the friendly but noisy creatures follow him. The story is told through a series of rhyming verses, all of which should be completed by the word "bed." The rhyme is interrupted each time by the appearance of a loquacious animal. For example, "A boy, a duck, a horse, a sheep/look carefully where they tread./They tiptoe past the pigsty./`This is the way to-' `Oink!'" This clever device allows readers to identify each one by appearance and by vocalization. The illustrations resemble the work Beeke did for Tara Jaye Morrow's Mommy Loves Her Baby/Daddy Loves His Baby (HarperCollins, 2003). Her full-page, mixed-media pictures are captivating, providing an eye-pleasing blend of colors, textures, and facial expressions. A playful romp.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.