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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (PB) (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178008062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780080628
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 0.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The perfect combination of author and illustrator ... Children will love the twist in the tale of this familiar bedtime scenario." (The Bookseller)

"A lovely book that is great fun to read aloud ... Giggles guaranteed !" (Madhouse Family Reviews website)

"A hilarious going-to-bed book with a twist from the king of comic writing for children." (Aldershot News & Mail)

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A hilarious going-to-bed book with a twist in the tail, from the king of comic writing for children, Steve Cole, and illustrated by the award-winning Bruce Ingman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IcedGems on 15 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
If you've ever threatened something you couldn't actually carry out at bedtime, this book is for you. Joe and Ellie are playing up the new babysitter (who is clearly reaching the end of her tether) when she threatens them with all sorts of ridiculous things. Joe and Ellie are unimpressed - but then she threatens them with the LEOPARD...and she goes downstairs, and suddenly THERE HE IS!

My five-year-old was bewitched on the first reading. She completely identified with Joe and Ellie and was genuinely nervous when the leopard was released - but don't worry, this book won't give your children nightmares! There is also a very clever twist at the end that parents will appreciate!

This is a book that teachers could use in class because of the great alliteration. Joe and Ellie are 'catching creatures with the curtains', 'wrestling wild wardrobes' and the babysitter begins to 'rumble like a rocket ready to rise'.

A highly enjoyable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
Format: Paperback
My son's reactions were a picture through this.

He's three. So he was happy to tell me how naughty the children are for not going to bed when they are told. He didn't believe the babysitter when she threatened them with child-nibbling plants and sleep-ray robots. But he was pretty wide eyed when he could SEE her leopard... See it padding up the stairs and growling... And his reaction at the end (relieved and amused) was priceless. The coda, I needed to explain to him, and I hadn't been expecting it so found it very funny.

Great story. And one I plan to use at awkward bedtimes!

Unfortunately for me though, I wasn't keen on the illustration style. It just didn't appeal to me. But my son was perfectly happy and we both loved the story.

One we'll savour repeating I think.
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By Liz Gillett on 16 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Our grandson (2 and a half) asked us to read it 3 or 4 times when we gave it him. Great fun.
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A Picture Book Whose Story Does Exactly What the Title Says it Will 2 May 2014
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I always love coming across controversial titles in picture books which Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard certainly qualifies to be grouped with. Basically this one's plot revolves around a couple of misbehaving kids who don't respect the authority of their latest babysitter, who makes a bunch of threats to try and get them to stop jumping on their beds and playing other imagination games and go to sleep like their supposed to. The kids dismiss each threat with logic and keep doing whatever they were doing. Finally the babysitter has had enough and tells them if they don't go to sleep she'll get her leopard and let it loose.

It's a readable once book, but for me unlike most titles in the controversial picture books genre it's no keeper that you'll go back and read over and over again. It lacks a twist in the plot. Usually with controversial titles your immediate thought after reading the title isn't what ends up playing out on the pages. Unfortunately this one does what the title says and that's the whole tale, there's no twist, no double meaning. The baby sitter literally has a pet leopard that she lets loose on the misbehaving kids. It's still a younger aged kids book so you know they aren't going to be killed, maimed or eaten or anything but for me I was expecting something a bit more clever, or realistic maybe.

The illustrations are basic but well done, none of the threats including the leopard look scary at all which is good for the target audience of a picture book. The babysitter reminded me of the girl with glasses in the Scooby Doo cartoon as I was turning the pages.
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