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Bedtime for Frances

By Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Kids can empathize with bedtime troubles.

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Russell Hoban's knowledgeable and humorous take on the eternal bedtime battle explains this story's continuing appeal to kids and their weary parents. Young children respond to Frances' inventive (yet true-to-life) imaginings with laughter and sympathy. Ultimately, Frances is a role model for learning to work out anxieties on one's own.

The artwork of Garth Williams, who also illustrated Charlotte's Web, adds drama to every page. The pictures in this 1995 edition are newly colored in a bright palette of watercolors. Each scene is drawn with great detail and humor, whether it's Mother and Father tenderly tucking Frances into bed or Frances' bathrobe-giant lurking on a rocking chair.

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