cover image Go to Sleep, Maddie!

Go to Sleep, Maddie!

Maureen Wright, illus. by Elizabeth Schlossberg. Amazon/Two Lions, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4778-2627-0

A pigtailed girl named Maddie is trying every trick in the book to forestall bedtime, asking her parents for water and a story (she’s had both already), complaining about the dark (the nightlight is on), and worrying about monsters (family dog Roofus is standing guard). Her parents calmly deflect each delay tactic, and Maddie gets a taste of her own medicine when her toys spring to life, peppering her with similar requests. “Quackers! Quackers!” cries Duck, dressed like a pirate and demanding a snack. “Mo-o-o-o-n!” wails Cow, asking Maddie to open the curtains. “The mo-o-o-o-n is my nightlight.” Schlossberg’s (On the Way to Kindergarten) gauzy pastel cartoons exude just enough mischief to keep things interesting without derailing the book’s “No, really. It’s bedtime” messaging. Wright (Grumpy Groundhog) has great fun with the animals’ onomatopoeic demands (many children will be tempted to request future bedtime stories with a “R-read it. R-read it,” like Frog). And by allowing Maddie to play the roles of both needy child and patient caregiver, Wright and Schlossberg simultaneously cater to children’s desires to be doted on and to show off their competence. Ages 3–7. [em](May) [/em]