Forty Winks: A Bedtime Adventure

by Kelly Dipucchio (Author) Lita Judge (Illustrator)

Forty Winks: A Bedtime Adventure
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A rollicking bedtime read-aloud about a family of mice, from bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and award-winning illustrator Lita Judge "It's time for bed!" the Wink parents said. Their routine was the same every night. Mama and Papa lined up their big brood, all thirty-eight children in sight . . . When the sun sets on this mouse family's house, it's the start of a bedtime routine for the ages!

Come along as all 38 Wink children have snacks and baths, brush their teeth, read stories, and finally, finally settle down to sleep. This rollicking, rhyming story from the award-winning pair Kelly DiPucchio and Lita Judge is the perfect read-aloud for parents and their wiggly little ones to share before bedtime.

Publisher's Weekly

Starred Review

For the Winks, a family of 40 mice-two parents and 38 kids, each one named by DiPucchio (Not Yeti)-bedtime is adorably unwieldy. Their routine, conveyed in rollicking verse, doesn’t vary: "The loud, hungry pack was served up a snack/ of cider and crumb cakes and cheese," before every mouse gets a scrub, dons pajamas, and brushes their teeth. Finally, "they were each read a book (what a long time that took!)" by the big stone fireplace-in one of Judge’s (The Wisdom of Trees) more inviting pencil and watercolor scenes, mice cover every inch of the floor and furniture, hanging on Mama’s every word. Finally, the mouselings are corralled and tucked into a fanciful panoply of beds, including a circus tent bed as well as airplane and balloon beds suspended from the ceiling. Do the grown-ups lose their temper when one thirsty little child sets off a 38-mouse run to the sink? Papa does say "Oh dear!" but the two adults are otherwise the very picture of parental equanimity. At book’s end, readers are invited to name all the little mice-but if they can’t recall who is who, it’s no matter; the book’s plentiful pleasure comes from being in the presence of a wonderfully rendered family that lives and loves large. Ages 4-8. 

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Kelly Dipucchio
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including Super Manny Stands Up!; Crafty Chloe, Zombie in Love, Gaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan. You can find out more about Kelly and her books at

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and Listen by Gabi Snyder. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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