Tired of going to bed before everyone else, Nicholas Joe flies from house to house all around the world, putting children and adults to sleep.
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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Kindergarten-Grade 2 Sharmat's young hero, ordered to go to sleep before he's ready, reverses roles and sets out on his flying topsheet to do unto the adult world what they have been doing unto him. The cliches of reluctant bedgoing abound but seem sillier when the bedgoers are grown-ups. And the lighthearted, exaggerated full-color pictures appropriately depict the various households, putting in naturalistic details to enhance the reasonability of it all. Nicholas Joe goes about his tasks firmly but compassionately and is totally successful, even with his own parents at the book's close. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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