Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred)

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Everybody Sleeps (but not Fred)

Author/illustrator: Josh Schneider

Publisher: Clarion Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015

*Review by Suzy Leopold


Many children have a nighttime routine that includes a bubble bath, dressing in favorite pajamas and brushing teeth before being tucked into bed. So, does Fred.


From West to East and everyplace in-between everyone and everything must sleep when it is time for bed. In the jungle, the toucans, sloths are cockatoos are snoozing, snoring and dreaming.


Fred is not snoozing, snoring and dreaming. Fred has more important things to do than sleep. He is busy consulting his lengthy list of things to-do. Fred’s list includes: jumping, hunting, shouting and more.

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Will reading bedtime stories to Fred help him to close his eyes and get some ZZZzzzs? Kids will delight in the “Warning! Close book softly or Fred will wake up . . . ” Shhh! Don’t make a peep.





About Josh:

Josh Schneider is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters, as well as The Meanest Birthday Girl. His first book for Clarion, You’ll Be Sorry, was named “Book That Provides Best Ammunition to Parents Weary of Warning Their Kids About Socking Their Siblings” by Publishers Weekly magazine. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.




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This wonderful review was written by Suzy Leopold,

a Best in Rhyme Committee member.

Thank you Suzy!




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