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.
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:
Time clock? Check.
Then racing after the dog into the bathroom.
Scrubbing. Scrubbing. Dunking.
Then into jammies.
Football-ing with the dog.
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!
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
Themes: Football, family, bedtime
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