Written by: Sharon Giltrow

Illustrated by: Katrin Dreiling

EK Books, 2020

For ages: 3-7

Themes/topics: bedtime, parent-child bond, role reversal

First page:

When you see your daddy rub

his eyes and stifle a yawn,

announce, “Bedtime, Daddy!”

Summary (from the publisher):

Putting Daddy to bed can be hard work. Especially when he starts crying! This story will show you how to wrestle your daddy into his pajamas and read just one more bedtime story. “I’m thirrrrrrrrssssssty,” says Daddy. “I need to poop … I’m hungry … But I’ll miss you,” he says, while he looks at you with cutie eyes. You’ll have to battle the bedtime excuses and use go-away monster spray until Daddy finally goes to sleep. Bedtime can be a mission for many, but with these gorgeous illustrations of a little bear and his dad, this is the perfect role-reversal bedtime story to help put any fussy child to bed in a fun and positive way. Full of heart and humour, Bedtime, Daddy! is for anyone who wants to try and put a grown-up to bed. 

Why I recommend this book:

In this ADORABLE role-reversal story, it’s not easy putting a daddy to bed! Even after the full bedtime regimen, your daddy might drag his feet, begging for one more story, asking questions like, “Do sharks sneeze?” and making all kinds of excuses to delay bedtime. But he’s such an adorable daddy, that you can’t really get mad. Lucky for your daddy, you have lots of patience and monster spray!

Kids will giggle as they recognize daddy’s familiar stall tactics. And the fun and whimsical illustrations employ an appealing collage style. This story is sure to be a bedtime hit with kids and adults, alike!

For parents and educators:

Download extensive teacher notes and resources from the publisher here: https://ekbooks.org/teachers-notes-ages-4-8/#bedtime-daddy

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8 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: BEDTIME DADDY!

    1. Thank you Patricia for your kind words. I hope you can get a copy in time for your grandchildren’s birthday and for Father’s Day. I will keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂 I ordered a copy through EK Books for a friend in England and she got it quickly. EK does have a US office so here’s the link https://ekbooks.org/

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