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A young boy is playing with his toys and doesn't want to go to bed. He imagines his toys coming to life one by one, and they convince him that going to sleep is the best way to continue his adventures.
As parents of young children know all too well, convincing a child that it is time to go to bed can sometimes be difficult. Bedtime for Buzzy encourages bedtime by helping to lead children to their own conclusion that it s time to go to bed. Bedtime for Buzzy makes a perfect addition to a child's nightly storybook ritual.
The picture book world is awash with stories of children who don t want to put down their toys and go to bed. But for youngsters who don't want playtime to end, who better to convince them to hit the hay than the toys themselves? In T.J. Hackworth's delightful debut picture book Bedtime for Buzzy, a child is gently persuaded by each of his toys that they all need to rest.
Buzzy's toys haven't finished their adventures. His astronaut hasn't finished building his moon base; his pirate hasn't found the treasure; his dinosaur hasn't yet stomped through the Great Divide, and his courageous explorer is still searching for the "City of Gold."
At the announcement of bedtime, Buzzy answers with a loud "NO!" Then, one by one, Buzzy's toys relate how excited they are to continue their adventures with him but first, they need some shut-eye.
Just when Buzzy is beginning to nod off, he feels something poking him in his side. It s "Courageous Explorer" riding his donkey and prodding Buzzy with his stick. The explorer is delighted to see Buzzy, noting that together they can find the City of Gold. "Oh, Good!" Buzzy says. "I was afraid I'd have to go to sleep, but now I can help you find the City of Gold instead!" Then the explorer makes the final case for bedtime: We must find it in your dreams! That's the only way. We hope you'll help us!" And with that, Buzzy eagerly leaps into bed.
The dialogue between Buzzy and his toys artfully captures a child s active imagination and excitement over fantasized adventures. And Sean Baptist s illustrations do more than inform the text they bring it alive with expressive, colorful cartoon characters. Together, the text and pictures imbue the characters with a warm, winning joie de vivre that's impossible to resist.
In sum, Bedtime for Buzzy is sure to be a hit for young readers as well as their grateful parents.
Buzzy doesn't want to go to bed. He's having too much fun playing with all of his toys.
His dad calls out, Buzzy, it's time for bed! and that's when the adventure begins.
Buzzy's toys will understand his need for adventure...won't they?
Bedtime for Buzzy is a sweet story about a wee one who does not want to go to bed.
As this is a topic that every parent is familiar with, Buzzy is a fun way to show kids that it's okay to go to sleep. Even your toys need rest!
Readers will see what [Buzzy] sees, experiencing his toys and his adventures from his singular point of view. What a fun and inclusive idea! [L]ittle ones can identify with the main character wholly and completely.
Recommended for children two and up who do not want to go to bed.
--The Children's Book Review
One of the quintessential dilemmas for any parent of a small child is how to get him or her to bed. Bedtime for Buzzy entertainingly and originally addresses this issue in a delightful storybook based around the title character Buzzy. The story and illustrations focus on Buzzy's toys a Moon Man, Pirate, Dinosaur, and Explorer as a metaphor for all of the exciting things a child has to play with while awake and all of the reasons he or she doesn't want to go to sleep. While Buzzy sees his toys and their respective adventures as a reason to stay awake, each toy teaches Buzzy the value in rest as a necessary means to ultimately achieving the goal of their adventure. This helps to serve as enticement for bedtime so that perhaps the reader, or small child being read to, will also understand the value in sleep.
The last toy to engage Buzzy is the Explorer who offers one more reason to go to bed. He tells Buzzy that a hidden city can only be found in his dreams, illustrating the importance of not only sleep, but imagination and dreaming. --The U.S. Review of Books
T.J. Hackworth is a writer of short stories and children's fiction. His work has appeared recently in the Wisconsin Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter.
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