I’m so excited to have the opportunity to review Time for Bed with Ford and Red by author Jacqueline Leigh, illustrated by Mackenzie Fink.
As Jacqueline states, “the story is geared towards preschoolers in hopes of promoting healthy and happy sleep.” Um, we have two preschoolers in our house. Take my money now, please.
Time for Bed follows a little boy, Ford and his stuffed rabbit Red through a series of dream adventures from the wild west to the deep sea, up in the sky and through the African Sahara. Between dreams we find the two tucked safely back into their beds, sleeping deeply. The adventures are awesome and both my five year old daughter and four year old son loved following Ford and Red from dream to dream. What really makes Ford and Red memorable is that the two bring a piece of each adventure back from the dream world with them, ending with an elephant snuggled in bed and eating breakfast with them in the morning. If your kids love animals (and maybe have an overweight dog that takes up as much space in their beds as an elephant) this page is sure to bring lots of giggles.
From a parent perspective, I absolutely love the cadence and illustrations in Time for Bed. The book is simply fun to read out loud and the kids and I had a blast finding new details in each of the pictures each time we turned a page. I especially loved the unique transition between each adventure, “What happens in the next world we dream? Just close your eyes, I bet it’s extreme.” Our youngest son is at the age where his vocabulary is really taking off and now “extreme” is his new favorite adjective.
Time for Bed with Ford and Red is a fun way to get kids excited about bedtime and will most certainly lead to hearing them share their own dream adventures. It would make a wonderful gift for new parents, birthdays, or the start of a new school year. You can make the gift extra special by ordering Time for Bed with Ford and Red through author Jacqueline Leigh’s website (authorjacquelineleigh.com) during the month of July and she will personally sign and dedicate the book to the special little people in your life!
As always, thanks for stopping by Beer and Junk, and thanks to Jacqueline for the opportunity to review this amazing book! I truly hope you enjoy Time for Bed with Ford and Red as much as our family!