Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

by Todd Tarpley (Author) John Rocco (Illustrator)

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A playful robot bedtime story, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco! 

Quiet at last. Not a peep. Three little robots are... BEEP! BEEP!

When his three rambunctious robots give every possible excuse not to go to sleep, what's a little boy to do? With a fun refrain that will have readers of all ages chanting along, here's a book that kids will be begging to read every night before bed.

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

This book accomplishes two important goals: it's wonderfully entertaining, and it gives parents a well-deserved opportunity to tell their offspring, "Welcome to my world." A responsible-looking boy is trying to get his three robot charges--who, like their human counterparts, are full of beans at bedtime--to go to sleep: "Three little robots, time for bed/ Time to dim your infrared." Every time the boy thinks he has ushered them into slumberland, with the goal of getting some shut-eye himself, a new obstacle pops up ("Is something wrong?" "I need my coil!"/ "My sensor aches!" "I want more oil!"). When peace finally prevails, Tarpley (Ten Tiny Toes) and Rocco (Blizzard) offer another twist, best summed up as "Who's tucking in who?" The rambunctious robots will win readers' hearts from the title page, when they swing from a light fixture and bounce on the sofa. But the human hero is equally appealing: dressed in dadlike striped pajamas, he has clearly had an excellent role model when it comes to be being a loving and put-upon authority figure. Ages 3-6. Author's agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rob Weisbach, Weisbach Creative Management. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--A boy tries desperately to get his three robots to sleep. He leads them into the bathroom for rotor brushing and shield cleaning and finally settles them and himself into bed. But just as the snappy rhyming text suggests the robots are fast asleep, a page turn repeatedly indicates otherwise. "BEEP! BEEP!" bleep the robots as they report "sensor aches," the need for a light and more oil and a coil, and problems with a loose belt or tight bolt. Finally, in utter frustration, the boy issues an ultimatum: "No more blipping!/Blinking-boinking!/Winking-whirring!/Squinking-oinking!" Of course, they ignore him with a last request: "a bedtime story." Then no more sounds ensue, for the robots have "finally put/their boy to sleep." The illustrations, created with pencil, watercolor, and digital paint, greatly extend the text. The chaotic bathroom spread shows a robot entangled in toilet tissue as another overflows the sink with bubbles and toothpaste and a third sprays water well beyond the bathtub. The boy first rests with a wary eye on the troublemakers, yawns in hopeful anticipation of quiet, and finally lies spread-eagled in exhaustion. Alert readers will notice that a mouse, which has its own bed in the room, joins in the antics from start to finish. VERDICT A delightful tale of bedtime role-reversal that sharp youngsters will appreciate.--Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT

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*"Wonderfully entertaining." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Todd Tarpley

Todd Tarpley is the author of numerous children's books including Three Grumpy Trucks, Ten Tiny Toes, and Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!, an ALA Notable Book, and Naughty Ninja Takes a Bath, which spent several days as the #1 children's book on Amazon. His books have been featured in the New York Times; included on Best Books of the Year lists by Huffington Post, Chicago Public Library, and Bank Street College; and translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Danish. Todd invites you to visit him online at

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator specializing in animation and children's publishing. Her work is known for its sense of whimsy, humor, and expressive (usually animal!) characters. Currently a full-time character and prop designer on an animated series for Disney Jr., Steph previously designed for Disney's Puppy Dog Pals and providedvisual development for DreamWorksTV on the Netflix animated series Rhyme Time Town and Dragons: The Nine Realms. She is also the illustrator of the Grumpy Cat Little Golden Book series and has illustrated over forty picture books. Visit her online at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 08, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV056000 - Juvenile Fiction | Robots
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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