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Ten little sleepyheads
2005
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A rollicking counting book follows a vast array of unique bugs as they help youngsters prepare for bed! - (Baker & Taylor)

Ten sleepy insects snack, read, and play before they fall asleep, one by one. - (Baker & Taylor)

Don't let the bedbugs bite!

This irresistible rhyming read-aloud story-acted out by a cast of one-of-a-kind bugs-is the perfect countdown-to-bedtime book. Donald Saaf's quirky style is sure to get a giggle, while Elizabeth Provost's rhythmic text makes it easy for children to count along as all ten sleepy bugs drift off to sleep.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Author Biography

Elizabeth Provost lives in Modesto, California, with her husband, Richard. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. This is Elizabeth's first book for young readers.

Donald Saaf, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has illustrated many highly acclaimed books for children, as well as a CD cover for children's singer Dan Zanes. He lives in Vermont with his family.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

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PreS. "Ten little sleepyheads talking to their toys. One falls asleep in the middle of the noise." Bouncing couplets count down to a bug family's bedtime in this charming offering. With each spread, a new bug falls asleep until a last restless soul wakes the whole crowd, prompting children to flip to the beginning and ask for repeated readings. Occasionally, the words make more lovely sounds than sense, but the rhythms and lulling rhymes are infectious. It's Saaf's winsome, mixed-media artwork that will draw children most. The thickly applied materials result in a few slightly muddied images, but children will easily be won over by the sleepy-eyed, grinning insects, charmingly clad in patterned suits, snuggled into cozy leaf beds, and surrounded by glorious flowers. Endpapers show the delightful lineup of bugs together with their common names. An imaginative, richly colored counting exercise for little ones still working on one through 10. ((Reviewed April 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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PreS-In this bedtime countdown, rhyming couplets describe how 10 tired insects prepare for a night's rest ("Ten little sleepyheads/talking to their toys./One falls asleep/in the middle of the noise"). The usual routine ensues as the creatures reach for a snack, play peek-a-boo, beg for a book, and take a bath before drifting off to sleep, one by one. The countdown begins all over again as the last little bug remains wide awake. Colorful acrylic paintings convey the action and depict highly personified insects including a firefly, a red-and-black beetle, a bumblebee, a winged desert termite, and a slug moth caterpillar, all of which are identified on the endpapers. Although the book is a bit cutesy, youngsters will delight in looking for the odd one out on each page and enjoy the ending.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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