- After A Busy Day, Charlie Just Wants To Go To Sleep -
Like many of us, Charlie has a set routine when getting ready for bed. Among other things, he has to place a glass of water on his bedside table, put slippers on the rug, and hug his teddy bear. With his nightly routine completed Charlie falls asleep, but abruptly wakes when he hears a loud tap, Tap, TAP.
He patiently investigates and finds Bird outside beating on trees with a hammer, no less. Charlie says,
“Pardon me, Bird, do you know what time it is?”Wouldn’t you know it? There's a clock on a neighboring tree. Bird lets Charlie know that he thought he was alone outside but flies away. This same problem happens over and over to Charlie. He prepares for bed (set routine) then tries to sleep, then wakes to loud noises.
But what might seem a bit repetitive has humor involved throughout.
What Concerned Me: Nothing
What I Liked Most: This is a cute story that would make a wonderful read-aloud for classrooms. The illustrations call for a close look or you might miss lots of the humor. Thumbs up for a very original story.
Author: Michael Escoffier
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 5, 2017
- Approx Words: 344
- Ages: 5 - 6
- Pages: 56
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