Reviews for Pet Shop Lullaby

Booklist Reviews 2009 November #1
A nocturnal pet-shop resident is disturbing the other slumbering creatures. In the dark room, their silhouettes gather around a cage, and their colorful eyes present an opportunity for guessing. The lights come on to reveal a hamster busily spinning on its wheel surrounded by a disgruntled cat, parrot, dog, turtle, guinea pig, mouse, and rabbits. With an admonishment to "Sh-h-h-h-h," they turn off the lights. And the hamster does try, but with a "scritch, scratch" and a "pitter-pat," the little rodent continues its evening activities. Awakened again, the pet-shop denizens begin to ponder ways to get the hamster to sleep. A bath, toothbrushing, lullabies (delivered by the parrot), and a bedtime story all help do the trick. On each page, the sizes and shapes of the sound words reflect their nature, from "CRUNCH," with bites missing, to a soapy "scrub scrub." Each spread is full of color, with soft-hued backgrounds and crisply illustrated creatures. This fun and amusing book about bedtime is also appropriate for newly independent readers. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
The pet shop animals settle in to sleep--just as nocturnal hamster is waking up. After a bath and a bedtime story, the little guy finally nods off. But when morning comes, it's the hamster's turn to be kept awake. Fraser tells her funny story economically, with few words--mostly sound effects--and simple pictures that convey the animals' moods through body language. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #1
When it's nighttime in the pet shop, all of the animals settle in to sleep just as the nocturnal hamster is stretching and waking up. He goes for a run on his wheel, but the "Squeak! Squeak! SQUEAK!" disturbs the other animals. Once he's off the wheel, his munch munch CRUNCH and scritch-scratch noises force the other animals to get creative in settling the hamster down to sleep. After a bath in a dog food bowl (complete with tiny rubber ducky) and a bedtime story (which the guinea pig holds upside-down while making up a story about three hamsters), the little guy finally nods off. But when morning comes, it's the hamster's turn to be kept awake. Fraser tells her funny story economically, with few words -- mostly sound effects -- and with simple pictures that convey the mood of the animals through their body language, by the tilt of an ear or the set of an eye. Sweet without being saccharine, this will appeal to young preschoolers in a group or at bedtime. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 September #2
When it comes to a good night's sleep, hamster is a problem. Just as the pet-shop owner is closing up for the night, the other pets are falling asleep. But for hamster, it's time to exercise. When their shushing falls on deaf ears, the animals take matters into their own paws and help the hamster fall asleep in ways that will be very familiar (and funny) to young children. Brief text with easy vocabulary and a generous scattering of onomatopoetic words makes this a good choice for both very young audiences and beginning readers. Less detailed than those in her I.Q. series, Fraser's gouache illustrations suit this younger audience, and in no way are they missing the humorous details that readers have come to love. The expressions on the animals' faces truly steal the show. A nifty approach to problem solving, a peek at the difference between diurnal and nocturnal and a good argument as to why light sleepers should not keep a hamster as a pet. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

PreS-K--At night, when the residents of a pet shop want to sleep, a noisy hamster keeps them awake. They try various ways to quiet the little creature: Dog gives him a bath. Rabbit brushes his teeth. Parrot sings a lullaby. Gerbil shares a story, and Cat tucks it in. Turnabout comes at daylight when hamster wants to sleep and his boisterous housemates are now wide awake. While the plot is a familiar one, Fraser's tale is brief and to the point, and the comical gouache illustrations infuse energy into the telling. Fun touches abound, like a rubber ducky floating in Dog's dish and the gerbil reading an upside-down book. Page layout varies from single page to spreads. Incorporate this charming read-aloud into bedtime or pet-themed storytimes.--Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

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