Title: Bedtime Mischief | Author: Julia Randall | Publication Date: April 9, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Experience the creativity of childhood imagination in this whimsical journey of a little girl who frolics around her house, engaged in mischief, in order to avoid bedtime.
“I try to prepare for bed,
but mischief finds me instead.
Jump on my bed.
Balance pillows on my head.
Weave yarn into my hair.
Dress a tutu on Teddy Bear.
March around gleefully.
Use a toothbrush on my knee.
Jump rope in the hall.
Put a mask on my ball.”
Will she ever get to bed with these antics? Maybe…
My Thoughts: My friends and I always joke around that if we could bottle and sell our children’s energy, we would make a fortune. Of course, we would keep a reserve to keep us going! The little girl in this Bedtime Mischief is FULL of energy and imagination and just reading about her antics exhausted me! lol I love the breadth of fun things she comes up with to do (all solo play) and on one level, this book really speaks to how creative children can be (even if it means tying up dolls upside down to a table leg).
It was very amusing to read all of the things the little girl did in the story and she certainly will give other children new ideas to try out. I’m certain my daughter and the little girl in the story would get along famously in real life! It is worth noting that I appreciate how the author came up with a variety mischievous deeds that were gender specific and non-specific. For example, she was just as likely to “Prance around with fairy wings” as “Work my tools to hammer things” and “Ring bells around the house”.
Underlying this story is a message about taking responsibility for cleaning up the mess we make. So, while the little girl tires after all of her mischief and is ready for bed, Mom steps in and tells her she must clean up her messes. And, she does. The Mom in this story is super-nice – she helps her out; and, importantly, the little girl acknowledges and appreciates her Mom’s help. Well done!
When I first read through the book, I noticed that there were some words that were a bit “advanced” for younger children: intentions, abacus, embrace. Fortunately, there are word definitions included in the back so there is definitely some educational value in this book with regards to building up vocabulary.
The illustrations are really adorable. They are detailed, colorful, and feature our central character engaging in all kinds of amusing activities. The word density is perfect for children with two short four-line verses per page spread. Overall I felt the rhyme and meter were well done, although there were maybe one or two rough patches where I stumbled just a bit in reading it aloud. As you know, I’m quite critical but I did think the author did a great job especially considering how many “acts of mischief” the little girl came up with (over 40 if I counted right!)
My Bottom Line: Bedtime Mischief is a whimsical rhyming picture book featuring a little girl who engages in all kinds of fun activities while trying to avoid going to bed. Underlying this story is a message about stretching your imagination while playing, but also taking responsibility for cleaning up after yourself. I recommend this book as a bedtime book for children ages 3 to 8, or as an amusing read for an early elementary class or library reading circle.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion Services. *
More Buzz About the Book
“This is a delightful and entertaining little book about all the mischief little ones get into trying to postpone bedtime. It has a positive message about cleaning up after messes and brushing teeth before bedtime. The pictures are full of fun and joy with a smiley-faced little girl romping around doing silly things to avoid bed, something all parents can relate to. It’s also about love, the love of a mother’s patience by enjoying her daughter’s playfulness and making the whole bedtime experience into a happy one. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Christine, Amazon
“My daughters and I enjoy reading Bedtime Mischief together because we can all relate to the mischief little ones get into just to avoid bed time. The writing flows well, the rhymes make sense, and the illustrations are amusing. It’s a great debut for Ms. Randall and we can’t wait to read more from her. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Jesus G., Amazon
“I love this book! Everyone can relate to a time when they didn’t want to go to bed and they’d do anything to get out of it! This is a great book that parents will enjoy reading with their kids! ” ~ 5 Star Review, Christine, Amazon
About the Author: Julia Randall
An avid book lover from an early age, reading has always been a big part of Julia Randall‘s life. Julia’s most intensive writing experience comes from her time as a corporate ghostwriter. Those years ghostwriting gave her unique authoring exercise, allowing her to hone her writing skills for succinctness, clarity and speed. Using this unique writing foundation, Julia is enjoying pursuing a more creative authoring style writing under her own name. Julia’s inspiration for writing children’s books comes from her imaginative and spunky, four year old daughter. Between her lively family and spirited pets, antics are sure to fill up many books to come.