Muriel Blaustein Bedtime, Zachary

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Bedtime, Zachary

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Mr. and Mrs. Tiger have a hard time convincing their energetic cub, Zachary, to go to bed at night until they change roles and let him pretend to be the parent.

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PreSchool-Grade 1 Zachary, a tiger cub, lives with his parents in a two-story house in the desert. Zachary does not like to go to bed. Finally, in desperation, his parents try role reversal. Zachary resolves to be a good parent and let his cubs stay up late and do all the things that they want to do; the ``cubs'' resolve to be good and want only to go to bed. It doesn't work. Therefore, each party resolves to be badZachary yells at the cubs to get ready for bed; they do all the things he did to get out of going to bed. Finally, in exhaustion, all three finally fall asleep in a bed where ``they all got to be very good at sleeping.'' Who is the parent? What has been learned? What's the point of this story? The child is in total control of the family. The illustrations are chaotic rather than energetic. The text appears in dialogue balloons as well as in narrative format; it's sure to confuse young readers. There are many better bedtime stories, such as Goodnight Moon (Harper, 1947) by Margaret Wise Brown and Ten, Nine, Eight (Greenwillow, 1983) by Molly Bang. Carole B. Kirkpatrick, North Auburn Elementary School, Wash.
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From Publishers Weekly:

The thorny bedtime problem is a perennial subject for picture books. In this tale, young Zachary tiger suggests, "We could play I'm the grown-up, and you're MY CUBS." Zachary chooses a permissive role while Mr. and Mrs. Tiger decide to play "good cubs." Zachary turns on the TV, tries to read them a bedtime story and makes them ice cream sundaes, but they reply: "All we want to do is go to BED!" Soon both Zachary and his parents decide that "it's not working. . . . Let's be BAD!" Mr. and Mrs. Tiger then try all of Zachary's bedtime-evasion tricks: they hide, make noise, chase mice and pull his tail until they all fall into bed exhausted. This is an attractive book, and its funny, cartoony line drawings with full-color overlays are reminiscent of James Stevenson's Grandpa books. A promising debut. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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