Once Upon a Time, the End - (asleep in 60 seconds)
Reviewed: June 22, 2006
By: Geoffrey Kloske / art by Barry Blitt
Publisher: Athenaeum Books
34 pages, $22.95
The thing about reading books to your
children just before they go to bed is that it often happens at the point
in the day when your own energies are at a low ebb. The end result is that
you are often as sleepy as the kids are by the time you finish, and you may
actually be forcing your eyes to track the words during the last few pages.
Kloske and Blitt have chronicled this
daily crisis beautifully in Once Upon a Time, to Bed. Dad keeps drifting
off, so he begins cutting down the stories to their absolute essentials, and
then to edit them so that they go to the point:
Hickory, dickory dock,
A mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck eight
Oh my, itís late!
So the mouse went straight to bed.
Bedder go to sleep.
The concept is clever. The writing
of the 17 abbreviated classics is, well, crisp and ... short. The illustrations
On that note, I should go to bed myself.