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Bedtime for Bear
by Bonnie Becker
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Before you read my picture book, I have a question for you. When you go to sleep, do you like your room perfectly quiet? Right! Well, I do too. So you will appreciate what happened to me one day when my good friend Mouse visited and slept over.

Even before we headed off to bed, I warned Mouse that 'I must have absolute quiet.' His only response was, 'Oh, indeed.' Then off we went to the bedroom where I adjusted my nightcap, set my glass of water on the nightstand, fluffed my favorite pillow and climbed into bed.

Do you know what happened next? Of course! The second I closed my eyes Mouse began making noise. He brushed his teeth, hummed a song while slipping into his nightshirt, and then he said, 'Good night, Bear!'

That was just too much. I muttered, 'Absolute quiet! Silence!' How did Mouse respond? 'Deepest apologies', he said. Imagine that!

I was really upset now, so I had to re-adjust my nightcap and re-fluff my pillow. Then I just sat there and waited to see what Mouse would do next. I waited and waited but Mouse didn't make a sound.

My eyes were just beginning to close when suddenly I heard a shuffling sound. 'Mouse is that you?' I asked. No answer. Next I heard a crick, crick, crick on the floorboards. Mouse? Silence!

Either I was hearing things or there was an intruder in the house. I'm not going to tell you the rest of my story. You'll have to read the book. But we did eventually get to sleep that night. And oh, this is kind of weird, but the next morning Mouse actually claimed that I snore in my sleep. Now how ridiculous is that?

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