Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Need a book that will make your energetic child beg to go to bed? Here it is:

And if the cover didn’t give you a clue as to the energy level of this book, the dedication page will.

Text ©️Bethany Hegedus Illustration ©️Mike Deas

Enter, dog with football as the family appears to be arriving home from a game. Football fans listen up! Read this in your best announcer voice. The energy is palpable:

Text ©️Bethany Hegedus Illustration ©️Mike Deas


Football? Check.

Whistle? Check.

Time clock? Check.

Playbook? Check.

Then racing after the dog into the bathroom.

Text ©️Bethany Hegedus Illustration ©️Mike Deas

Scrubbing. Scrubbing. Dunking.

Then into jammies.

Showing hustle.


Football-ing with the dog. 

Running plays. 

Slipper catching. 

Toy picking-upping. 

Oh, what a lively way to finish out the day!

Until it’s time—three minutes remaining on the clock, 

to cuddle up for a story-time-out! That’s when the team finally slows down.

The room dims. Hearts open. Eyes close.

And soon the snoozing begins. 

A fabulous book to release those last minute bedtime wiggles, and end with a quiet story. Brilliant!

The illustrations add playful humor and energy to a fast-paced text (with lots of sporty football puns). A guaranteed hit!


Make a FLICK FOOTBALL and play the game

Pair with an early reader – Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David Adler

Pair with 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann (how are the books similar? how are they different?)

Title: Huddle Up! Cuddle Up!

Author: Bethany Hegedus

Illustrator: Michael Deas

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2020

Ages: 3-7

Themes: Football, family, bedtime

For more perfect picture book recommendations, please visit Susanna Hill’s blog.

8 thoughts on “Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Yes, the title is very catchy. And I’m thinking you don’t actually need to be a football fan to enjoy this book. It’s really about getting all those wiggles out before it’s time to read and turn off the light.

  1. Maria Marshall says:

    This is a great book on many levels. Wonderful for football fans, family time, novel bedtime routines, and best of all snuggles for a “story-time-out.” Bethany definitely scored with this one.

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