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Sunday, January 31, 2016

BEEP! BEEP! Go to Sleep! Written by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by John Rocco. Little, Brown and Company, Hachette. 2015. $19.00 ages 3 and up

"Quiet at last,
not a peep.
Three little robots
are ...


Is something wrong?
I need my coil!
My sensor aches!
I want more oil!"

I love unique and playful bedtime books!

It's closing in on bedtime when the young man in our story (obviously tired and wanting cooperation) does what he can to encourage his three robots to hit the hay. He gives them clear instructions for cleaning up after a long day, and badly wants them to 'power down'. After just having spent four weeks with my 16 month old granddaughter, I know exactly what he means! She seemed to 'rev up' after her bath.

He is quickly asleep ... only to have that sleep disturbed not once, not twice, not three times, but four. It is the fourth attempt to settle them that will warm the hearts of parents and librarians everywhere.


You need what?
Oh, a bedtime story."

The rhyming text and wordplay are terrific, inviting participation when sharing the story. John Rocco's pencil, watercolor and digital painted images are simply wonderful. His characters (all four of them) wear their emotions and energy (or lack thereof) openly. They are sure to entice young readers and listeners with bright primary colors, entertaining action, and many humorous details.

There are certainly similarities between these rowdy robots and my energetic grandchild! The surprise ending will be no surprise for her parents.                                                                   

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