The getting-ready-for-bed book that Kirkus Reviews called "empowering" and "nicely child-centered" is finally a board book!
The endearing siblings of Theo Heras' and Renné Benoit's Hat On, Hat Off and Baby Cakes are back in a sweet celebration of bedtime. Humor, helpfulness, and heart combine as Baby's big sister helps to see him--and, of course, his stuffed bunny--through the nighttime routine from cleaning up toys to bath to bed.
Little listeners will connect with familiar sensory language of warm, tickly water and blanket snuggles. Preschoolers can chime in with Theo Heras' brief, descriptive text, and children of all ages will enjoy Renné Benoit's watercolor and digital art, full of big baby faces and warm pastel colors. A final spread shares a bedtime checklist to help make bedtime a happy time for the whole family.
Toddler-PreS--The opening lines--"Time for bed. Pick up toys and put them away. Where's Bunny?"--will connect readers to the doings of the small toddler and a slightly older sister, both with blushing brown skin, and so the hunt begins. Bath is next, as strong brown arms lower the small child into soapy water. The rituals are as soothing as the warm bath, as the children play with other toys, then are wrapped in soft robes, just as the bunny is restored to its rightful owner. The rhythm is soporific and restful as bedtime approaches. As board books go, this one better be water-resistant; the illustrations set the action right in front of viewers who will reach for the baby reaching up at them. Put this into use for nap times or to aid new parents in the midst of sleep training. VERDICT A loving path to sleepytime, and ideal for board book collections that see wide circulation.--Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library JournalCopyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.