Customer Reviews

7
4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2013
This is an immediately attractive hardback book, beautifully presented and with a dust cover. The indigo sky with golden stars and moons contrasts with the clear white surround of the title and the front illustration of a peacefully sleeping child. The book will stand out amongst others in the children's books display.

It is not a book to be housed in the playbox with picture stories and paper-back favourites, but to be allocated a special space on a high shelf, ready to be brought down specially for an adult to read at bedtime. I hope it will not be produced in paper back because it will then be less likely to serve this function.

I enjoyed opening this book, the feel of the good quality paper, the variety of illustrations. I imagine the child wanting to be the one to turn the next page, but carefully.

These ten stories were those chosen by Michael Rosen from the twenty on the short-list in a competition that had more than four hundred entries. Each one is written by an unpublished author; each one is illustrated by a new young artist. Therefore, the book represents twenty talents fresh to the children's book market.

Toddlers approaching two years and youngsters not too far from independent reading are all catered for in this volume.

The opening story opens appropriately on a story about reluctance to go to bed. It is suitable for tinies and may become a calming favourite as they become pre-schoolers. The cuddly baby illustrations are similar to those of Shirley Hughes.

The next story features a cow who sneakily finds a way to jump over the moon. Although the solution is not original, the telling is just right for the four-year-old, while the distinctive style of the illustrations will attract all ages. I'm sure this illustrator will go far.

We then have an amusing cowboy story that will satisfy the five to seven year old. It is unusual and well written.

By contrast, the next story aimed at this older group is lyrical and dreamy. I loved the writing about Celeste and her care of stars, as well as the painterly illustrations.

The final story is also lyrical and original. It has that thought-provoking, mysterious quality that will bring a small listener back again.

I think many a child who has lost or mislaid a favourite toy will want `the jaguar story' over and again. As they get older they may wonder if Mum has a slightly guilty secret over his loss.

There will be numerous relatives and friends of young parents who will be delighted to find a Christmas present that is of high quality and of lasting value. I am sure the lucky children who receive this will thoroughly enjoy their bedtime stories over a period of years. It is the sort of book which, when adult, the grown-up child will want to safeguard ready to read to their own small ones.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a nice collection of bedtime stories, which were chosen from a competition on Mumsnet and Gransnet to find ten stories by unpublished authors. Michael Rosen was involved in the selection process and also introduces the book, which is beautifully illustrated and designed. So many bedtime collections contain old favourites and fairy tales, so it is nice to have a collection of new stories. It would have been nice to have had some information on the authors, but the collection will appeal to both boys and girls and to children from approx 2 - 7. "Time for Bed," is a favourite of my little nephew, while my own daughter loves, "Celeste, Who Sang to the Stars," best. However, there will something to appeal to all children in this lovely collection. Turn that television off and give your child a bedtime story and happy dreams!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
I bought this book for my little girl as one of the illustrators is a friend of mine and wanted it to keep, but have to say all the stories and illustrations are beautifully done. Lovely short stories for the perfect bedtime read
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2013
Bought this book for my grandson who is nearly four and we both love it. Favourite story is the one about Celeste.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 20 January 2014
There were 10 stories and I thought 8 were rally good, the other two were a little odd and out in left field. Having said that I would buy the next edition.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 16 January 2014
An excellent opportunity to purchase a quality selection of childrens stories. Beautifully illustrated and presented. I highly recommend it to all.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Great. My best friend Christine wrote one of the stories!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Sleepytime Stories (Usborne Baby Bedtime Books)
Sleepytime Stories (Usborne Baby Bedtime Books) by Sam Taplin (Board book - 26 Nov. 2010)

365 Bedtime Stories (Gift Books)
365 Bedtime Stories (Gift Books) by Sophie Giles (Hardcover - 7 Oct. 2011)
£13.28

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.