Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime!

Penguin and Tiny Snail Don’t Do Bedtime!
by Cate Berry

Why I chose this book? It looked like a cute bedtime read!
When I read this book? May 2018
Who should read this book? Anyone with a small child who likes bedtime stories!  
Source: TLC Book Tours
My Rating:   πŸ‘πŸ‘

Here is a synopsis of Same Beach, Next Year from TLC Book Tours
• Hardcover: 32 pages
• Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins (May 8, 2018)
Penguin and Tiny Shrimp DO NOT have a bedtime story to share with you.
There are no soft beds or cozy covers here. There are fireworks! And shark-infested waters!!
This book will never make you sleepy. Not at all. Not even a little. . .
“Debut Berry revs up her romp… the digital art from Santoso (Peanut Butter & Aliens) energizes Berry’s tactically understated text, often wryly turning it on its head. A buoyantly subversive
anti-bedtime tale.” —Publisher’s Weekly Featured Review
“The story is a smartly comedic entry in the genre of the anti-bedtime story, and the exclamatory dialogue-only text adds energy and humor. This will be a joyous bedtime read.” —Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
“A definite do for bedtime.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A beguiling pair…much yawning will ensue…and that’s a good thing.” —Booklist
—A Junior Library Guild Selection, Spring ‘18
My Review

I’ve always enjoyed reading to young kids and now that I have a grand, I’m finding new books we enjoy. I particularly enjoy reading stories about reluctant sleepers—possibly because I read to one. So when I was offered the chance to review this one, I grabbed it!

I liked this book for several reasons. There are only one to two sentences per page, which is perfect for a short attention span. When even these are too much for attention span of the youngest listeners, there are fun illustrations of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp that can be used to point to and talk about. The illustrations also help to embellish the story for readers who want to spend a little longer with the book—counting the sheep, naming the different animals, etc. And when the child gets a little older and able to read to himself, those short sentences are perfect for an emerging reader! I think we will enjoy this book for several years to come!

This is a thumbs-up read for us! My little guy enjoys it, too!

Purchase Links

IndieBound | HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Cate Berry

Cate Berry is the author of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! (Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins). It was pinned a Junior Library Guild selection and Publisher’s Weekly called it, “A buoyantly subversive anti-bedtime book.” She has forthcoming publications TBA and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cate is a faculty member of the Writing Barn and also an active member in the SCBWI and Writers’ League of Texas. She speaks at schools, libraries and conferences year round. Visit her at to learn more. You can follow her on Twitter, @cberrywriter. You can also follow illustrator Charles Santoso: @minitreehouse and the publisher, @balzer+bray and @harperchildrens.

This book review is included in a tour by TLC Book Tours. I was provided a copy for review purposes.
Cate’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 8th: Instagram: @jackiereadsbooks
Tuesday, May 15th: Wining Wife
Thursday, May 17th: Time 2 Read
Monday, May 21st: Staircase Wit
Tuesday, May 22nd: Instagram: @_literary_dreamer_
Wednesday, May 23rd: Instagram: @theliteraryllama
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