It's ten minutes to bedtime: are Bandit and Spike ready for bed? It doesn't look like it! As Bandit and Spike count down the minutes, and the steps, before getting into bed, children will delight in following this silly pair's antics as they clean up their room, bathe, and eventually fall asleep. With detailed illustrations and clever lift-the-flaps, this adorable story offers plenty of things for children to discover - including a countdown of numbers hidden on every spread.
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Mike Haines lives in Hampton, England.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Bandit, a raccoon, and Spike, a porcupine, have much to do in the 10 minutes prior to bedtime. Each page features one minute, starting with 10 and counting down, and contains one or more flaps to lift. A sentence in bold across the top gives the countdown; a question in smaller type runs along the bottom of each page. Readers are asked to determine if the friends have taken off their dress-up clothes, said good-bye to their friends, cleaned their rooms, finished their milk and cookies, checked under the bed for monsters, and more. When children lift the flaps they find answers to the questions. The related numeral is hidden underneath one of the flaps on each page, but there are no corresponding items to count. Although Bandit and Spike are appealing characters, they are not enough to make the book memorable. Also, a kitten appears on most of the pages, but isn't mentioned in the text. Children are sure to wonder if it is a friend, or how it fits into the story. Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (Putnam, 1998) has far more charm.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
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Book Description Hyperion, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0786807415
Book Description Disney-Hyperion, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110786807415