Title: The Big Bed
Author: Bunmi Laditan
Illustrator: Tom Kinght
Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2018
Themes: bed sharing with parents, humor, toddleresque logic, sharing mommy
We need to talk about the big bed.
The Big Bed is a humorous picture book about a girl who doesn’t want to sleep in her little bed alone. She presents her dad with some well thought-through reasons why this time and space with Mommy belongs to her not him. She comes up with a hilarious solution for Dad? A camping cot! A twist on the classic parental struggle of not letting kids sleep in their bed.
Why I like this book:
Really this is as much about her not wanting to share Mom as the bed, but hey, bedtime is a big deal in a toddler’s day. The little girl’s arguments are logical, thorough and presented with a lawyer’s eye for detail! For example, doesn’t Dad indeed have his own Mom for cuddles? And if dad were hoping to mention the pee pee issue in his defense, he should think again, as she has scientific proof of the benefit’s of a little bed-wetting. The humor is definitely aimed at adults, and this toddler has the argumentative maturity of a teen, but I am pretty sure older kids will find this amusing too, and her voice is so sassy!
I nearly missed the real intro, which is on the jacket flap:
Mommy we have to talk.
I see that look in your eyes and I know what you’re going to say.
Just hear me out.
The bed isn’t big enough for the three of us.
I think we both know what that means:
Daddy has to go.
The illustrations are as bright and audacious as the little girl, and her facial expressions are priceless.
Draw your ideal sleeping scenario!
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