Children’s Book Review: I’m Not Tired Yet by Marianne Richmond

I’m Not Tired Yet by Marianne Richmond
Childrens Book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.
Published March 1st, 2012 by Sourcebooks
Source: Publisher 

For every parent whose child won’t settle into bed without a dozen excuses, here is an adorable bedtime story from a beloved, award-winning author. With Richmond’s signature heartfelt illustrations and whimsical text, “I’m Not Tired Yet!” helps every parent ease their child off to dreamland. Full color.

This book is absolutely adorable!  My kids, 3 and 7, are often difficult to get to sleep.  I thought this would be a fun read for us.  And it was!  

The pages are full color illustrations that are very cute.  The words rhyme and make it a fun book for adults to read which is very important to me.  I gotta say, I hate all those books based on TV shows, they are NOT fun to read, this is one I pick up often because I could read it several times a week and not be tired of it.  

The book is about a little boy (6 years old) who claims he’s not tired yet.  He goes through the whole thing of saying he sees a bug, then claiming there’s a monster, and on and on and his mother always comes back with some adorable thing like:

“Could it be that what you need is a fishy goldfish kiss?”


“Could it be what you need is one big gorilla hug?”

as well as

“Could it be that what you need is a cozy polar bear cuddle?”

and so on and so forth.  
After each one there’s a two page illustrated spread of each thing, the two goldfish, the gorillas hugging, the polar bears hugging and a few others.  I thought it was cleverly done and have to admire the mother for her patience.  One concern I had was “is this a good example for my kids?”  Because I don’t want them to think they can just go on and on with excuses for not going to sleep.  But while they think the book is loads of fun, they didn’t pick up on the prolonging bedtime routine.  Oh, to be sure my kids have their own techniques but this book didn’t really change anything.  

Overall this is a great book and we’ve had a lot of fun with it.  I read it to them quite often before bed and while it’s a bit of a silly and fun book it doesn’t get the kids all riled up and rowdy.  

I give it 4.5/5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes and all opinions expressed are my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.   

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  1. Candace-

    As a huge lover of picture books and a mom, I always appreciate a good picture book that isn’t based on a t.v. show myself! I truly enjoy my collection of books that I’ve saved from when my kids were little. I’m adding for grandchildren one day. I might have to get this one. Thanks for the review!


  2. I’ve always loved picture books (maybe that’s why I started out teaching 2nd grade before I realized middle school was more my speed!). This one looks adorable! Why is it kids never think they’re tired, especially when the adults are exhausted? *sigh*

  3. Oooh, this one might be a good pick for my picture book reading challenge. As a kid, I don’t remember too many picture books, but as an adult I just find them too adorable. Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  4. Oh and how does blogger’s new commenting system work? I can no longer check a box or click a link to subscribe to follow up comments on your blog (and most blogger blogs). :(

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