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Mom says it's time to go to bed, but master staller Dan has other plans in mind. He's got to visit the Nile, tame a crocodile, munch on some noodles, do a few doodles, ring a chime, solve a crime, mix leftovers till they're slime! Zoweeeeeee! With so much to do, anyone would get tired at some point. But luckily, by the time Dan is finally ready for bed, someone else is already fast asleep . . . his parents!
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781416955672
Characteristics: [33] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Elwood H. 1941-


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Apr 02, 2015

It was time for Dan to go to bed. Mom offers to read him a story, but Dan says, "First I got stuff to do!" He proceeds to whiz all around the house and do random things such as hallway soccer, make paper fans, and call Grampa and Gram. When he checks back in his room, Mom and Dad are asleep in his bed. Dan takes off to do more.

The illustrations are a mix of photographs, ink and watercolor. They are colorful and zany creating a feeling of high energy and chaos.

First, I would not recommend this as a bedtime story. It is fast paced and high energy. At no time will your child feel sleepy while reading this story! And although it is fun watching the random things Dan comes up with to do, the author loses steam about 3/4 of the way through (oops, I just rhymed!). His rhymes and ideas become mediocre. I always feel that Katz's style is perfect for the middle grade age range so I do not agree that this book is appropriate for ages 3-7. A three year old may find this story to be funny, but it is not a good example of proper bedtime behavior and they will miss the irony of it completely. I would recommend this for a little bit older, 5-8 age range. They will understand the humor of the story and find it laugh out loud funny.

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Apr 02, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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