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Bedtime, Not Playtime

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The premise is cute, and even better is a story depicting same-sex parents that doesn't focus on the fact that the child has two moms or two dads. Thousand of children have same-sex parents and they, too, deserve books depicting families that look like them that are about more than getting people to see their families as normal.
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I enjoyed the saturated primary colors Elina Braslina uses in Bedtime, Not Playtime. It makes the whole story POP. It's also visually pleasing the way the figures are off centered within each page. This adds a great deal of humor and emotion into Lawrence Schimel's story of a frisky, mischievous pup.
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A little girl is prepping for bedtime and it's then that her cute little doggy perks up and wants to play.  He brings her his ball and wants her to throw it but she ignores him and continues brushing her teeth.  Undeterred he interrupts her storytime... nahhh... that didn't work and then he circles in for the big finale!  He snatches her teddy bear and off he runs! Oh my!  Will the chaos turn into peace and finally the little girl get to bed?  

This delightful rhyming book is perfect for that targeted age-group.  The book includes two daddies who valiantly rescue her teddy which allows everyone to end their day peacefully!  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and whimsical.  The book is also available in French as "Trop tard pour jourer!" and is being published alongside "Early One Morning" by the same author and illustrator, which features a boy, his cat and his two moms.   I recommend this book.  I know wee ones will enjoy it very much.
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I loved this cute story and the super cute illustrations! I think toddlers will love this book. I also love that the dog is a Boston Terrier - makes the illustrations that much cuter!
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This is a board book with simple, rhyming text. In this board book we see a young child's bedtime routine but they're dog isn't quite ready for bed. The illustrations are nice and bright. The text is simple but it is a bit long for babies. I'd say the audience for this board book is more of a young toddler. I think they would enjoy the antics of the dog. The parents are two dads.
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This was cute! The rhyming and short sentences made for a quick read, and I loved that it represented a non traditional family without being showy about it. This would be a great bedtime read for young children.
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This is a quick read. I love that it shows a family with two dads. It has great illustrations and lots of rhyming which I always like in kid's books.
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This charming picture book is about a young girl who's getting ready for bed, but her dog has other plans. I loved the fast adventure and the vibrant art style, as well as the fun rhyme and the queer parents. This is a must-have for any child's time-for-bed book library.
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I'm impressed that this book shows a non-traditional family.  The rhyming is fun, and the situations are realistic.  High points for no-one being mad at the dog, for just being a dog.  The illustrations a excellent.  A very delightful book.
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There was not a single thing that didn't make me smile about this perfect little book. The rhymes are adorable, the art is unique, the dog is a lovable mess, AND there is LBBTQIA rep that is natural and positive.

This is a great little goodnight book for all families, but especially those who want to see themselves represented in a manner that is effortless.

Will definitely buy!
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Cute illustrations and a charming little picture book. Kids will love the dogs antics especially the chase, parents will love that it’s a short bedtime story!
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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The art is bold and colourful, and the story line is quite cute, a little girl who lives with her two dads is getting ready for bed, but her dog has other plans. My 5 years old did ask, " how come she has two dads, and I only have one", but that wasn't an issue.
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What a delightful read – I love this book!

Interruptions before bed are a given for anyone who has a pet, children, or both!

“I am sooo tired!” Time for bed you say? “WHAT??? - NO, I am wide awake, let’s play!”

This book was fun read for both adults and children. Facial expression and emotions portrayed though the illustrations were right on point, especially the portrayal for mundane tasks such as brushing teeth – meh!  

Highly Recommend!

A sincere thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for providing me an advance copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read this story and leave my review voluntarily.
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This is a quick, cute read. A good simple story. Perfect for young readers.  Great representation for kids to see!
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This title shows the reality before going to bed with interruptions that happen right before bedtime. Also, I enjoyed the cadence of Bedtime, Not Playtime. It is very easy to understand for the littles and I think the illustrations were well done. In addition, this is not just for the littles, but for those reading it to them, as well. Those are the best bedtime stories when everyone can enjoy the book.
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A young girl and her two father's chase their dog around the house when he is too rambunctious for bed. Full of adorable rhyming, inclusive illustrations, and fast-paced movement, this board book is an all around winner!
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A funny little book about a little girl and her dads chasing after a dog who wants to play instead of go to bed.
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