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Author: Lauri Fortino

Illustrator: Bong Redila

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Publisher: Ripple Grove Press, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: The little man couldn't believe it. Did the peddler really make a bed that doesn't squeak? As beautiful as it is, the little man does not have money for such a fine bed. The peddler offers him a deal: if the little man can make the bed squeak before sunset, the bed would be his. The little man and peddler spend the day together, and as the sun is setting, time is running out. Can the little man make the bed squeak? This picture book feels classic and modern, with opportunities to engage readers with making noise.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 9; read yourself: 7 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The little man is adorable, and the story is wonderfully fun. The ending is sweet and subtle, which makes it engaging for older readers. What I loved most about the story is its theme of selflessness, with both the little man and peddler serving as examples. The balance of text to image is perfect, and the bright illustrations are sure to keep page turning at a slow pace, as readers explore each spread.

Pros: With both beautiful illustrations and a sweet story, readers of all ages will enjoy this unique, special story.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This story is sure to warm your heart with every reading.


Educational Themes: With older children, explore the concepts of storytelling: show v. tell, fables, etc. The story makes it easy to engage readers of all ages with stories with morals, selflessness, kindness, and gratitude (among others). There are also opportunities to talk about helping others.

Notes: The Reading Tub® reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fables and folklore, humor, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2016

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