Book Review: Mem Fox’s Time for Bed

Posted December 3, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

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Book Review: Mem Fox’s Time for Bed

Time for Bed


Mem Fox

picture book in Hardcover edition that was published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 1, 1997 and has 28 pages.

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Illustrator: Jane Dyer

A standalone picture book of soothing goodnights on the farm.

My Take

I adore the graphics in Time for Bed with their soft textural colors. I loved the bubbles on the fish page! They perfectly complement Fox’s rhythmic flow of alliteration that will help soothe your child into sleep.

Each spread of pages features a different mama and her baby from the mouse to the goose to the cat to the horse and more.

It’s a sweet read…that wants a soft, low voice…for it’s Time for Bed, little reader.

The Story

Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers — sleep tight!

The Characters

Animals you may find around the house and in your neighborhood: mice, goose and gosling, horse and foal, snakes, bird and chick, cat and kitten, dog and pup, bees, cow and calf, fish, sheep and her lamb, and deer.

The Cover and Title

The cover is an indicator of how soft and soothing the story is with its mama sheep snuggling with her baby lamb against a soft, starry night sky and the rolling hills of greens and purples. The title is in a dark blue box framed in purple at the upper left corner with a white font while the author’s and illustrator’s names are in the lower right corner in a soft yellow.

The title is a repeated refrain: Time for Bed.