Product: Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt
Age Range: 2 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Time for bed everyone! Turn the page and tuck all of the baby animals into their cosy beds.
The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say goodnight? Turn the pages and the big blanket flaps will cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of baby animals, bold patterns, and brilliant colours, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: When this book arrived, both myself and Georgie were both instantly drawn to it. The bright colours, playful illustrations and big flaps provide a huge amount of appeal to a two year old. We have now read it quite a few times – and multiple occasions on one day too, which is a rarity for our little girl, who will usually only read each of her books once per day.
Georgie is the perfect age for this book – it is fairly repetitive with each animal saying “I do!” in answer to the question “who needs tucking in”. Georgie joins in with the exclamation on each page, whilst happily tucking each animal into bed with the large flaps that resemble duvet covers – such a clever idea!
Each double page has a different animal on, with a flap to tuck them in with. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, with different patterns and shapes which are very eyecatching and make this book a joy to read. The printing is good quality and so is the paper it is printed on; I am not worried that Georgie is going to rip it with her enthusiastic flap/page turning.
There is a great variety of animals in this book, with some that Georgie doesn’t automatically recognise. I love that there is a moose, an alligator, and a peacock, along with a couple of the more common animals such as pig. It’s great for Georgie to learn about different animals, and the fact this book doesn’t just include the “usual suspects” means it will save it from becoming boring quickly.
Georgie insisted on having this for her bedtime story on the night it arrived (especially after the trauma of bumping herself and banging her teeth against her lip), and afterwards Mum had to put it into the bedtime story basket – it was not allowed to come back downstairs for me to look at for the review! Georgie was very determined that despite it going into the basket with all the other books, that Mum should understand that it was “my book, not Grandma’s.”
Georgie is really into tucking her toys into bed at the moment, and spends a bit of time each night tucking in her dolls, and choosing which toys will spent the night tucked up with them, and which will be awarded the honour of a night in her bed. I think this is a large part of why this book has been so successful with her; she loves this sort of imaginative play at the moment, pretending to be “mummy” to all her toys and ensure they are cosy and warm each bedtime.
We give “Tuck Me In!” five stars, and I can see that this book is going to be a firm favourite at bedtime.