Bedtime Is Canceled

Bedtime Is Canceled

Book - 2012
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When a newspaper headline says that bedtime is canceled, children everywhere rejoice.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547636689
Characteristics: 29 p. :,col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Neyret, Aurélie


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cmlibrary_rkimray Nov 06, 2016

The newspaper says bedtime is canceled, so it must be true. This hilarious picture book is a good reminder for all reluctant young sleepers that grown-ups really do need their bedtime!

Feb 02, 2015

Maggie and her brother write a note saying Bedtime is Canceled. Their parents don't believe it so the note goes in the trash. But the note blows out the window--just like in Mary Poppins--to a newspaper where it gets printed in the news. People believe the message and some crazy consequences follow. Maggie and her brother write another note, Bedtime is NOT Canceled, and give it to the newspaper. All is right again in the hopes.

The illustrations are created digitally and have a watching cartoons on television feel. They are colorful and funny.

The story at times has a random feel to it with a lack of good flow. But it is a fun "what if?" story about what might happen if bedtime were canceled. I felt like there was another background story with Maggie and her brother going on that I didn't always understand. The book is advertized for ages 4-8, but I think grades k-3 would enjoy the story the most.

SparklyThings Aug 29, 2014


KRockstar10 Aug 14, 2013

Cute, with fun illustrations. Not quite as good as I was expecting.

SPL_Childrens Apr 24, 2013

Young Maggie’s wishful note said “Bedtime is canceled!” Her parents didn’t believe it for a second. They put the note directly into the trash.

But the note didn’t stay there. Before long, a gust of wind got ahold of the note and blew it across town into an open window.

It landed on a news reporter’s desk and was reprinted in the headlines of next morning’s newspaper. “BEDTIME IS CANCELED!” Everyone read it - or heard about it. Everyone believed it (except for Maggie and her brother).

The principal at Maggie’s school read it and immediately sent a notice home to all the parents – who were, understandably, not happy. (In fact, some parents threw temper tantrums - and were given time-outs by the principal!)

That night, there was no bedtime. Pajamas lay unworn and teddy bears sat unhugged. Kids played tag, bounced on their beds and climbed the walls - as did their parents. No one slept.

The next morning, weary parents poured coffee in their briefcases and purses and buttered pets’ tails instead of toast. Tired teachers couldn’t remember the answers to “1+1” and “2+2”. At dinnertime, parents fell asleep at the dinner table with their heads in plates of mashed potatoes or bowls of soup.

Things were quickly getting out of hand.

The new note said, “Bedtime is NOT cancelled!” Maggie wrote it – and this time, her parents believed it. The newspapers printed it and the television stations reported it. And that night, everyone went to bed and slept and slept, except for Maggie and her brother….

Preschoolers may want to delay (or cancel) their own bedtime to hear this hilarious story one more time!

forbesrachel Mar 30, 2013

A string of coincidences leads to bedtime being cancelled, but there are consequences to this, and silliness runs rampant. The pictures have a whimsical nature about them, and match the story quite well.

Green_Cat_237 Mar 17, 2013

This is a funny book. Kids in 1st grade and under would enjoy it.

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SPL_Childrens Apr 24, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6

Green_Cat_237 Mar 17, 2013

Green_Cat_237 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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