Monday, July 7, 2008

First Bedtime at the Swamp Review

I was excited to find the Kirkus review today, and wanted to share:


"Sitting in the moonlit swamp with his West Highland white terrier, a boy hears, "Splish splash / rumba-rumba / bim bam BOOM!" and knows it's a swamp monster. He high-tails it up a willow, but his sister comes to tell him Ma wants him home for bedtime. When they hear the monster again, she joins him up the tree. Each time a relative arrives to fetch him home, they end up in the tree. Even the monster is frightened into joining them by the strange sound-and then Ma herself appears to march her brood off to bed. They all go "splish splash" in the bath, "rumba-rumba" with their toothbrushes, "bim bam" up the stairs and "BOOM!" into bed. Crow's rhythmic chant and rhymed text are nicely brought to life by Pamintuan's bright, swampy, expressive art, the clean lines and colors making the most of the absurd situation. Bedtime and monsters haven't gone together so well in years. Worth a second copy to have on hand for storytimes on either topic." (Picture book. 3-6)


Pamintuan's "bright, swampy, expressive art (with) clean lines and colors...worth a second copy..." Congratulations, Macky!

4 comments:

macky said...

hey, they even got the dog breed right. thanks for posting this. looks like a good start.

Missy said...

Kristyn,
Congrats, that is great! I bet you are getting so excited, its getting close now. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

hi. we love the book. got it at the library. my son doesn't want to return it! guess we'll have to buy one. my son has the chant memorized, except he poins at me to say the BOOM. and he even does actions at bedtime for the final jump onto the bed chant.

Kristyn Crow said...

I'm delighted that you would take the time to comment here. And I'm even more delighted that your son enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for letting me know!