Reviews for Cuddle Up, Goodnight


Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
Anchored with the repeating phrase "It's time to . . . ," short stanzas of rhyming text introduce a young boy and his sunup-to-sundown, activity-filled day with his animal friends. When it's time to play dress up, a polar bear and cat don a king's coat and a fez, respectively. When it's time to listen up, the bear holds court over an audience of kids and wildlife. And so it goes, with mealtime, bath time, and bedtime all covered. Boldly outlined illustrations effectively employ spare brush strokes and soft-shaded colors to playfully depict characters, objects, and irrepressibly goofy experiences, such as a hippo slurping spaghetti at the table and an elephant's trunk nudging the exhausted boy into bed at book's end ("Rest up for another day with friends!"). The text and illustrations don't always match up; in vignettes of the boy and a lemur playing, the phrase "climb and slide" features the former but not the latter. But that's pretty small potatoes--children will enjoy the unexpected antics as well as the reassuring sense of a daily routine. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
A boy gets dressed, goes to school, plays, eats dinner, and cuddles up at the end of the day. What Cleminson's quietly fanciful illustrations show is that the seemingly ordinary day is pretty extraordinary, thanks to some animal pals. The narrative's pace varies nicely, and the spry illustrations alternate single-page, double-page, and spot art. The whole has a charmingly unpretentious, old-fashioned appeal. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #1
'It's time to wake up. . . / and start the day with friends!' A young boy gets dressed, goes to school, plays, eats dinner, and cuddles up at the end of the day. What Cleminson's quietly fanciful illustrations show, however, is that this boy's ordinary day is pretty extraordinary, thanks to some animal pals. A gentle elephant wakes him up; his multispecies classroom, taught by a red-vested brown bear, includes boys, girls, a lemur, a raccoon, and a penguin; the boy's dinner companions include a hippo and a lion; and the elephant tucks him in to bed at night. The text settles into a comfortable rhyming pattern: 'It's time to listen up! [or 'swing up,' 'eat up,' 'clean up,' etc.] / Read and draw, / count and spell, / ask and answer, / show and tell.' The pace of the narrative varies nicely, and the spry illustrations alternate single-page, double-page, and spot art of the boy and the friendly creatures engaged in familiar pursuits. The whole has a charmingly unpretentious, old-fashioned appeal. When it's time to 'pick and choose, / search and look, / and read aloud the perfect book,' listeners will be ready to cuddle up and listen to this one again. KITTY FLYNN Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 December #2
In this pleasant tale about a child's daily rituals, Cleminson encourages readers to find enjoyment in even the most mundane of routines. Assisted by animal pals, the young protagonist happily washes up, goes to school, eats, bathes and reads. Every activity offers contentment and most the chance to help and share as well. Playful illustrations done in colored pencil, ink and charcoal accompany the simple, rhyming text. The children are cartoon-like in design, while the animals are more realistic, and all of the illustrator's carefully composed images have a soft effect. Often, she uses little illustrated vignettes to match each line of text. Nothing is riotous or out of control, though there's much to amuse: The little boy is hoisted out of his bed by an elephant, its trunk latched onto his pajamas; later he sits in the hippo's mouth, diligently brushing its teeth. The rosy-cheeked boy is filled with a quiet joy, his day peaceful, his world agreeable. A gentle story, ideal for mollifying morning hygiene protests or calming school-day jitters. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 December #1

An array of friendly animals participates in a boy's ordinary activities in Cleminson's (Magic Box) day-in-the-life-of-a-toddler bedtime book, which opens as an elephant's trunk lifts the boy gently out of bed ("It's time to wake up... and start the day with friends!"). The book presents a charming fantasy world where children and animals coexist without any interference from human adults. The boy and an octopus practice violin, a large teacher bear reads a book to a group of children and animals, and the dining room walls feature family silhouettes of both animals and people when "it's time to eat up." Both tranquil and sweet, Cleminson's deceptively simple ink, pencil, and charcoal drawings show the boy with creatures who seem contented just being in his presence. There's a strong theme of self-sufficiency: the boy dresses himself (albeit with a bow-and-arrow and feathers as part of his ensemble), goes to school, plays, and enjoys a very polite dinner, until "it's time to clean up!/ Then pick and choose,/ search and look,/ and read aloud/ the perfect book," and go to bed. Ages 2-5. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 February

PreS--A simple, rhyming text documents the daily activities of a boy and his animal friends. "Wake up" time begins when he is roused by an elephant, gets his hair brushed by a raccoon, brushes a hippo's teeth, and gets dressed with a cat. In "listen up," the boy attends school with a bear as his teacher and other children, as well as the animals, as classmates. "Swing up," or playtime, involves running, climbing, sliding, and dancing with a raccoon, and all the creatures come together to "eat up." The concluding text is perhaps most endearing: "Then pick and choose, search and look, and read aloud the perfect book. At last it's time to cuddle up!" After the boy reads the author's Magic Box (Hyperion/Disney, 2009) to his animal friends, he snuggles up in the elephant's trunk and they all fall asleep. Ink, colored pencil, and charcoal illustrations with thick black painted outlines against white or subdued colored backgrounds give the book an old-fashioned feel. While whimsical and imaginative, this import from Great Britain will have a difficult time standing out against all of the other bedtime books.--Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL

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