Sunday, 10 July 2011

Bouncy Bouncy Bedtime

Bouncy Bouncy Bedtime by David Bedford, illustrated by Russell Julian (Egmont)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 978-1- 4052-5742-8
Reviewed by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang
Bouncy Bouncy Bedtime is an imaginative bedtime rhyme book for children aged two and above. It is written by David Bedford, who also authored It’s a George Thing, The Ways I Love You and Moles in Love.

The text encourages children to take an imaginative journey to a great big bouncy bed in the sky. Fantastic animals arrive in succession and happily play until sleepiness descends. The rhythm is a little hard to get at first but a few attempts out loud and the bounce and fun of the language comes to the fore. I find there is a nice amount of space in the language to play with and my two year old can really have fun with this book.

Every page is full of colour, gorgeous soft hues. The illustrations are dreamy and quirky and work as a tight fit with the text. Each word is placed on the page with care and they become an integral part of the picture. The word placement is a distinct part of the fun in this book.

My two year old has consistently asked for this book over the past few weeks. She really enjoys the two page spreads of animals flying to that big bouncy bed in the sky. It is a novel bedtime story for those looking for something new.

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