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10 Minutes till Bedtime [Hardcover]

By Peggy Rathmann (Author)
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The countdown to bedtime begins at One Hoppin' Place when a family of hamsters, a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys, arrives at the front door of a young boy's house.

Publishers Description
At One Hoppin' Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters -- a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys -- arrive at the front door.

"All aboard " the child's pet hamster, dressed as a tour guide, shouts, directing them to his bus. It's off to the kitchen for a snack, to the bathroom for toothbrushing, to the bedroom for a story. And just as the child begins to read, the tour guide looks out the window and shouts, "More coming " Busloads and carloads of vacationing hamsters stream through the front door, and the escapades accelerate from one action-packed page to the next, as the countdown continues.

Awards and Recognitions
10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Red Clover Award - 2000 Winner - Picture Book category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 1999 Winner - Babies and Toddlers category

Citations And Professional Reviews
10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1487
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/15/1998 page 58
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/1998 page 179
  • Booklist - 10/15/1998 page 428
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/01/1998 page 1291
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998 page 16
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 01/01/1999 page 1302
  • SLJ's Best Books - 12/01/1998 page 26
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 71
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 01/01/1998 page 50
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 680
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 16
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 982

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 9.66" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 1998
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  2-6
ISBN  039923103X  
ISBN13  9780399231032  
UPC  078039237704  

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More About Peggy Rathmann

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.

"In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life."

Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

"I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas."

Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.

"I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister."

The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the "Most Promising New Author" distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.

A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.

"When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house."

That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.

The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.

"We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter."

Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.

copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Peggy Rathmann currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.

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Excellent for early readers!!  Feb 15, 2008
This is an excellent book for kids - especially those just starting to get into books. There is minimal language, but definitely a story and an exciting picture on every page. There are 10 hamsters, each with their own 'persona' and an ant that you can hunt for (like the mouse in Goodnight Moon) - kids love the search and find aspect and they are excited with each turn of the page. They can easily recognize and remember the dialogue so they can 'read' the book too. I think it is a great, great book - also a wonderful gift.
controlled (and giggly) chaos!  Feb 12, 2008
The brilliance of this book lies in the tiny details and the chaotic, then calm, nature of bedtime.
As the hamsters accompany the child on his bedtime routine, brushing teeth, pajamas, some are imitating our spiky haired hero, watch for one hamster with similar spiky hair parroting the movements of the child, and some are into a little mischief. Each page is packed with activity, and a parent can ask the open ended question, "what do you see" to dramatic effect. I read one review of a parent with an 18 month old who did not seem to `get' the book. He noted that all he could do was to point and say, "this one is brushing his teeth" etc. but I argue that the teaching aspect of this work lies not in the parent's view, but in the child's. Rather than telling the child what is on the page, ask an open-ended question. "which hamster is your favorite? "what do you see? What is happening on this page?" True, there is some effect of a "Where's Waldo" nature in that the page is absolutely packed with details. But, my 5 year old delights in these details, shouting, "look at this one. look at this one". Each pose, each activity, adds to the bedlam and the giggle factor at my house. Cries of "don't turn the page yet!" are heard with some regularity as reading uncovers something new. It should be noted that by the book's end, the chaos has diminished so much so that the child of the book, and possibly your own child, are ready for bedtime at last. The mental equivalent of running around the yard prior to a nap to tire the child. 5 stars!
I don't get it . . . More importantly, neither does my daughter.  Feb 7, 2008
My wife and I received Good Night Gorilla as a baby gift. We instantly loved it, but it wasn't until I read it to my daughter that its magic became apparent. Since she was only a few months old I've put her to sleep with it. She's now 18 months and I still read it to her at least a few times per week. Of all her books, it is the one she chooses to read by far the most often. And it's such a sweet, simple story. I have at least as much fun reading it to her as she has listening, I'm sure.

So my wife and I were very excited when we ordered our next Peggy Rathman book. Unfortunately, when it came we were unimpressed. The story is more strange than sweet. In fact, the biggest problem with it is that there really is no story to tell. All I can do when I'm reading it to my daughter is point to the dozens of random and uninteresting things all the hamsters are doing and explain it. "He's kicking a ball, and he's brushing his teeth, and he's fishing, and he's climbing the ladder, and he's swimming, and he's driving a car, and he's . . . etc." My daughter is not interested in it. I don't blame her.

Perhaps Good Night Gorilla is a work of such utter brilliance that I am unfairly judging this book by a standard it couldn't possibly hope to meet. I don't think so, though. Maybe I wouldn't be quite so disappointed with it if I hadn't been first exposed to the masterpiece that is Good Night Gorilla, but even on its own I think that this book is simply not very good. A little bad, even.
What a delight!  Jan 12, 2008
What a delightful discovery this is. The illustrations are the story, and they provide such clever humor to a simple idea. It is a joy for parents and grandparents to share this with small readers and non-readers alike.
Ten minutes till all is quiet  Dec 22, 2007
This is a really fun book, and the highlight of it is the incredible detail in the illustrations. They really are packed with little things to find, which is great for me because my daughter can't read yet (she's three), so the pictures are the main thing she's interested in.

If you don't already have it, "Good Night Gorilla" from the same author also has the little things going on in the background, and is absolutely hilarious. That's important when you are on your fifth reading, or your fiftieth.

Good Night, Gorilla

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