Reviews for Timothy And The Strong Pajamas


Booklist Reviews 2008 February #1
Timothy Smallbeast, a cute lemur, with a striped bushy tail and floppy ears, has an evening regimen to make himself stronger: doing exercises, eating "extra-tough" cookies, and thinking strong thoughts. When Mother repairs his worn pajamas with strong thread, sturdy patches, and "buttons of braveness," Timothy becomes "really, extremely, mightily, amazingly strong" and uses his abilities to rescue others, including an elephant, a princess, and a bear. Then Timothy rips his pajamas, causing him to lose his strength and making it impossible to rescue his sidekick, a toy monkey. But everyone Timothy has helped in the past comes to his aid, and Monkey is saved. As Timothy falls asleep, his mother fixes his pajamas "better than ever." Illustrations in muted colors and a format that varies from double-page spreads to multiple panels on a page perfectly complement the action-packed text. The characters, warm and friendly, seem just right for this pint-size "superhero adventure," aimed at children not quite ready for the wild, crazy adventures that mark most superhero stories. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Since Timothy Smallbeast "really, really wished" he was strong, he eats "extra-tough cookies," "thinks strong thoughts," and exercises so vigorously that his favorite pajamas just about wear out. Fortunately, his mother's mending is so sturdy that it transforms them into super pajamas, as the little cat discovers by accidentally ripping his bedroom door off its hinges: "You are wearing the patches of power and the buttons of braveness," exults his toy monkey. Heroic rescues ensue, all keyed to Timothy's toys -- he catches a falling elephant lady in midair, rescues a princess, saves a kitten. Then, as he tries to get his monkey out from under a hibernating bear, the pajamas rip, losing their power. Now the helped pitch in to help, the monkey is saved, and all ends well. It's a beguiling premise, affectionately developed in boldly limned illustrations where comic book-style dialogue balloons are supplemented with narrative; meanwhile, frames and vignettes open into imaginative vistas, bright with saturated colors. Lively, funny, and true to the spirit of children's play -- a satisfying adventure. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #3
Since Timothy Smallbeast "really, really wished" he was strong, he eats "extra-tough cookies," "thinks strong thoughts," and exercises so vigorously that his favorite pajamas just about wear out. Fortunately, his mother's mending is so sturdy that it transforms them into super pajamas, as the little cat discovers by accidentally ripping his bedroom door off its hinges: "You are wearing the patches of power and the buttons of braveness," exults his toy monkey. Heroic rescues ensue, all keyed to Timothy's toys -- he catches a falling elephant lady in midair, rescues a princess, saves a kitten. Then, as he tries to get his monkey out from under a hibernating bear, the pajamas rip, losing their power. Now the helped pitch in to help, the monkey is saved, and all ends well. It's a beguiling premise, affectionately developed in boldly limned illustrations where comic book-style dialogue balloons are supplemented with narrative; meanwhile, frames and vignettes open into imaginative vistas, bright with saturated colors. Lively, funny, and true to the spirit of children's play -- a satisfying adventure. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 January #1
Timothy Smallbeast wants desperately to be strong. Every evening before bed he follows a routine to make himself superhero strong: fortified cookies and milk, exercises and strong-thought meditation. All that is hard on his favorite pajamas. Mom suggests new ones, but new ones wouldn't be favorite ones. She mends his old pajamas and suddenly Timothy is superstrong. He puts his powers to good use with the help of his sock monkey, Monkey. They save an elephant lady, sailors, a princess and several others. Just before bedtime, Timothy helps a giant bear find the forest to hibernate. The bear accidentally falls asleep on Monkey and tears Timothy's pajamas. His super strength gone, Timothy doesn't know how to save Monkey. Good thing he has made plenty of new friends. Half of the team behind the surreal Adventures of a Nose (2002) has created an absolute winner. The comic-inspired thick-line illustrations are a perfect marriage of the sense of humor of Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola and Kevin Henkes's Lilly for toddler boys (and girls). (Picture book. 2-8) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 March

K-Gr 2-- Timothy Smallbeast longs to be big and strong, so he drinks "fortified" milk, exercises, and "thinks STRONG thoughts." However, it is only when he wears his favorite pajamas, repaired by his mother with "PATCHES of POWER and the BUTTONS of BRAVENESS," that Timothy becomes the superhero of his dreams. Using his abilities, he catches a falling elephant, carries a mountain of packages for an elderly woman, rescues a princess, rights a sinking ship, drags an alligator back to the zoo, and carries a huge bear into the "deep dark forest." When he tries to pull his sock monkey from under the sleeping bear, though, his pajamas rip and his power disappears. But never fear--all those recipients of his help now come to Timothy's aid and deliver him and his stuffed toy safely back home. The watercolor illustrations vary from small vignettes, to vertical and horizontal paneled scenes, to full pages and spreads. Especially dynamic are the depictions of tiny Timothy carrying a bear so huge that he encompasses two pages, and the close-up rip of his pajamas (you can almost hear the material tear) as he tries to pull sock monkey from under the bear's giant paw. Youngsters who long to be strong and powerful will enter into this fantasy with gusto.--Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

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