"One more story pleeease, just one more!" begs the dad who won't go to sleep at bedtime. Told in first person by his exasperated son, and wonderfully inventive in both story and illustration technique, this reversal of fortunes will delight and amuse all young readers. Ages three and up.
Dad swings from the chandelier, begs for another story, and asks to have the light left on in this extended comedy routine about a parent who won't go to bed, narrated by his reasonable, long-suffering son ("All right, Dad, but I'm not going to run after you. It's not time for games"). DiGiacomo keeps the mayhem in check with a palette of earth tones and dreamy charcoal outlines, dressing Dad appropriately for bad behavior in dorky plaid wool trousers and a black trilby hat--which he sometimes balances on one foot for variety. A good-humored hound plays sidekick (when Dad lies on the ground, the hound is right beside him, legs and ears splayed out flat), while tongue-in-cheek props--chairs with stick legs, a microscopic telephone--add yet more whimsy. Saudo's faux adult patter, translated persuasively by Bedrick, is dead on ("We said one story, and we've already read two. That's enough for tonight"). Go the F**k to Sleep tried to convey the difficulty of the bedtime routine for parents; this is more imaginative, and can actually be read aloud to children. Ages 3-8. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
PreS-K--It's 9:00 p.m. But when Dad says, "I don't want to go to bed!" his young son tries reasoning with him--It's already quite late. You need to go to sleep in order to be in good shape for tomorrow"--and calming him down with a story, but Dad knows all the tricks to stay up late. He initiates a game of chase, begs for one more story, and leaves his bed to ask a question. Dad's procrastinating makes sense, at last, when it is revealed that he is afraid of the dark. The boy, who has been patient and loving throughout, has a solution that helps his father settle down. Shades of brown predominate in the quirky illustrations, which are a mix of photographs, line drawings, and cartoon sketches. At times, the type reinforces the characters' reversal of roles, with the father's words resembling a child's penmanship, while his son's are set in a bold, three-dimensional font. This picture book will work well as a silly bedtime story.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.