Once Upon a Time, the End: (Asleep in 60 Seconds)
Geoffrey Kloske & Barry Blitt
Atheneum, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his book of very short bedtime stories is intended to make you fall asleep fast - in sixty seconds or less. It starts, '
Once upon a time
', with a child who '
WOULDN'T go to bed
', demanding '
Just one more story
' over and over again. What's a dad to do? This one cuts and cuts, so the stories go faster and faster and faster.
eoffrey Kloske offers abbreviated versions of familiar bedtime tales from
The sky is falling
David and Goliath
Hey Diddle Diddle
. Barry Blitt's illustrations perfectly portray '
the noble and tired father
' doing the reading. In the interests of time,
The Three Little Pigs
The Two Little Pigs
'. Recognize '
Small girl / Red hood / Big wolf / In the woods
'? And here,
, after her own long rest, advises readers to '
Go to sleep!
omehow, all these retellings end with snoozing characters, and the stories get shorter and shorter as dad gets ever more desperate - '
There was an old lady / Who lived in a shoe ... When kids wouldn't go to bed, / She sold them to the zoo.
Once Upon a Time, the End
to little ones - they'll laugh themselves to sleep.
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