Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Nikki Grimes (Author) Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.98  $16.54
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
11.2 X 8.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Nikki Grimes is an accomplished poet, novelist, journalist, and educator. She has received several awards for her work, including a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award for Jazmin's Notebook. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in the Los Angeles area.
Elizabeth Zunon grew up in West Africa and now lives Albany, NY where she draws, paints, collages, sews, silkscreens, makes jewelry, and ponders the endless possibilities of chocolate. Her work is largely influenced by the people, places, and things from her childhood in the Ivory Coast as the product of two cultures. Visit her at


"[A] rhythmic, playful romp through a restless child's bedtime routine... a loving, effective lullaby." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A patient mother with a healthy sense of whimsy helps prepare her headstrong toddler for bed... Zunon's art takes this book to the next level: Her portrayals of the animals mentioned in the text are colorful and full of intriguing patterns and shapes. An adventurous treat of a bedtime story." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Grimes and Zunon capture the time-for-bed dance with verve, imagination and empathy in this tale of a not-sleepy child and her creative appeals to stay up longer... On each lovely page, Zunon collages realistic images of the family alongside fanciful, mythical-looking animals. With its refreshing ending - the girl ends up in her parents' bed, as so many children do - this one has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book." - The New York Times
"vivid and appealing" - The Wall Street Journal
"Lots of rich imagery plus brightly colored collage illustrations make this a wonderful choice to read to children at bedtime, rich with family, imagination, and love." - Imagination Soup
"An adorable and imaginative bedtime story to add to collections for young children...children will engage with the pajama-clad tot's antics and be soothed by the book's positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle."
" - Booklist (starred review)
"Exceptionally well-done... highly recommended." - School Library Journal (starred review)