How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Babette Cole
Last week, I reviewed a wonderful toddler and pre-school bedtime book, Goodnight Everyone. I had my youngest great-nephew in mind. Now I am thinking about books, bedtimes, and kids, I decided I’d look for one for my next-youngest family, Charlie (age 4) and Roger (age 7). And I have found the perfect book in How to Put Your Parents to Bed. I’ve read role-reversal bedtime stories before, but none like this! The illustrations are perfect complements to the text as the narrator talks to her audience about how to get those parents into bed. My favorite picture is of the parents clearly “not looking their best” as the child stresses the need for them to get into bed. Though her parents are clearly tired, they still put off their bedtime routines until their daughter takes them firmly in hand. It’s a story to read and reread with young ones, taking time to delight over the humor and the terrific pictures. Sure to be a hit with your family and friends!