"Young readers will giggle over the protagonist's misadventures. Most importantly, readers will relate to her belief that there is "no right or wrong way to play when you play 'pretend.'" A rallying cry to be enthusiastically true to oneself." - Kirkus Reviews
"Ismail acknowledges that boys face social pressures of their own, but this is a girl's story, and Ismail's exuberant watercolors beautifully capture her heroine's energy and doughty spirit." - Publishers Weekly
"A perfectly designed read-aloud for the bedtime staller. A sheer delight!" --starred review, Kirkus Reviews on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Ismail . . . uses bright, beautiful brush strokes of watercolor to convey the manic, tail-wagging, mud-spattering energy that Fred, a furry black mop of a dog, brings to bedtime." --The New York Times Book Review on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Fred's eager-to-please look and the constant trouble he gets into give this the makings of a bedtime favorite." --Publishers Weekly on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Ismail cleverly uses exclamations and rhetorical questions to liven up the familiar lets-get-ready-for-bed storyline. This book works well as a read aloud, as it begs for audience participation, and will likely become a bedtime favorite." --School Library Journal on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Fred is illustrated in watercolors that seem to soak through the page in thick blotches and rich, saturated colors. The effect is a wonderful sense of motion." --Booklist on TIME FOR BED, FRED!