Thursday, 19 July 2012

I Don't Want to Go to Bed! by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press)

Little Tiger Press were kind enough to send us their reworking of their flagship title 'I Don't Want To Go To Bed' which updates and reissues the 1996 classic for a whole new generation of toddlers to enjoy. We've all been there haven't we? Those nights where no matter how much we cajole, cuddle or even bribe our little ones to settle down for the night, they just won't settle (even with the help of a lovely book like this).

In 'I Don't Want To Go To Bed' a naughty little tiger exasperates his poor mum to the point where she gives in, and lets him stay up all night to find out how different the jungle can be when darkness falls.

The mischievous little tyke goes off in search of his friends and his favourite haunts, but of course things are a lot different at night and little tiger soon finds out why snuggling up under the covers is a far better prospect than roaming the nocturnal jungle.

It's a tale that's been told and retold in so many different ways by so many different authors and illustrators but this feels like the work that all those other books borrowed their ideas from. It's such a lovely book and even the very naughty central character is cuddly and loveable when he eventually gives in to the inevitable snoozy feelings. The Little Tiger Press re-issue, as a large format picture book, is colourful and beautiful and deserves a place in your picture book collection alongside classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo.

Charlotte's best bit: The bushbaby's eyes shining in the darkness

Daddy's favourite bit: Wholly identifying with the exasperated mummy tiger and her efforts to get her busy little offspring to sleep.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars