This is such a sweet read and ideally suited for when you have the very littlest of people in your house. It is a soothing summary of the bedtime routine, presented in the form of a recipe. It’s from the perspective of a parent but parental figures are absent – it’s the toys who put the baby to bed, which gives it an extra layer of fun (I did keep imagining pictures of deeply harassed, red eyed parents doing all the things in each scene…it really wouldn’t have worked in the same way).
The colours are gentle and characters are an eclectic group – whatever toy your child favours, they are bound to find one they like the look of (my personal favourite is the green elephant).
When you are a very tired parent, you need rhyming texts like these for bedtimes. Ones where the rhythm guides you seamlessly through each page, where you don’t need to put on different voices or move the book around to follow twisty turny text. It’s a book you can relax into, your narration slipping a gentle tone. Told a few times over you’ll have learnt it off by heart and won’t need to think about it at all.
Even though at nearly 6 Jess is a bit old for it, she asked me to read it after I’d finished a bit of Harry Potter. We all sank back a little deeper into our pillows during the read.
‘It’s made me really sleepy,’ said Jess. In fact we were all yawning. The recipe can still apply to those older than toddlers too!
This is a book that will be demanded again and again by toddlers, and parents will be happy to oblige.