cover image Go to Sleep, Nicholas Joe

Go to Sleep, Nicholas Joe

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. HarperCollins Publishers, $11.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-06-025496-4

Nicholas Joe doesn't want to go to bed while the rest of the world is still awake. So he flies on his sheets from house to house, tucking everyone else in. But he finds that adults have their excuses for not going to bed: one man begs for five minutes more, a woman wants a glass of water, another needs an extra blanket and her pillow fluffed. Throughout, Nicholas Joe is sympathetic but firm, even when he tucks in his own parents. The author of Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport exhibits her notable talent for humor in this funny bedtime tale. Himmelman's droll illustrations show a cunning but kind boy, able to stay just one step ahead of the adults. Ages 4-8. (March)