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November book of the month: The Book of Bedtime Stories by Mumsnet and Gransnet.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Nov-13 10:03:15

Our very own Book of Bedtime Stories is our November book of the month and we're giving you the chance to get your hands on one of fifty free copies. Everyone who reviews on this thread will be entered into a draw to win a fabulous goody bag which includes a limited edition print by one of the illustrators of the book plus a library of Walker Books.

For more information about how this wonderful treasury of stories came about and to apply for a free copy, visit the book of the month page.

CrewElla Mon 16-Dec-13 06:44:05

I haven't shared with my son yet as we are saving it for Christmas. I did read through it whilst I was in hospital with my other DS.

As everyone is mentioning the book is beautifully illustrated, I know my older son will enjoy looking at the pictures (I did.)

I was surprised (sorry) about how well written the stories were and how quickly I became engaged in most of them. I will enjoy reading this selection of stories to my sons.

starlight36 Thu 12-Dec-13 21:23:30

We received a free copy and love the book. As others have commented the illustrations are beautiful and really make the book feel special. My DD likes the individual title pages which really make the anthology feel like a collection of individual picture books, unlike anthology book we were given which she hasn't really taken to.

The stories are well written and varied. The current
favourite is 'Princess Imogen's Independent Day', probably because she relates most to that one!

I can see this book being a favourite for a while. I'm already thinking how practical it will be to take along with us on upcoming family visits - ten bedtime stories in one slim book.

NotAFeminist Mon 09-Dec-13 11:22:07

This is a great collection of stories. I love - and my son loves - 'Time for Bed' as, with the excellent illustrations, he can recognise some of the things we do before bed and he enjoys me reading it to him before he goes to sleep. We also love 'Princess Imogen's Independent Day' and I think 'When Polly Jumped Over the Moon' is a very clever story. It's not too long a book, the stories are wonderfully written and the illustrations are great. It's a good size, too. I am very impressed with the quality of this book and would definitely recommend to other parents!

shrunkenhead Fri 06-Dec-13 23:22:22

THANKS so much for our copy! It is a lovely gift book and the stories are all a nice length for bedtime reading. Know my 5 year old dd will enjoy listening to these stories.

milliemoon Fri 06-Dec-13 19:28:58

I thought this book was really quite lovely, The pictures are really interesting and the styles of them are different so will capture my son's attention. I have read a couple of the stories and found them intriguing. Will look forward to reading them with my son

Raspberrygiggle Thu 05-Dec-13 11:48:35

I am really over the moon with this book. The stories and illustrations are absolutely lovely. I really like how there is a large selection of different stories to suit very young children but also some to keep older children entertained too. I have put this away for Christmas as a joint gift for my two children from Santa. Thank you so much!

gazzalw Wed 04-Dec-13 19:46:31

What a fabulously diverse range of stories. I'm hooked just looking at them. We've put this away for a Christmas pressie for DD -she's 8 but still very much appreciates listening to wholesome stories at bedtime! Thank you Mumsnet and well done to the authors of the stories!

Galena Wed 04-Dec-13 10:50:14

Beautiful, beautiful book. Our 4.8yo loves it - and was very excited to receive a copy. As soon as it arrived she read the first 2 stories, and has had more at bedtimes. I agree with a PP that it is aimed, not at toddlers, but at a slightly older child. There is a lot of text on each page. However, once your child has that reading/listening stamina, it is fantastic and nobody would guess that these are stories from unpublished authors and illustrators.

Thank you again, a fantastic book!

petalsandstars Mon 02-Dec-13 19:51:28

Lovely collection of stories and the illustrations really catch the eye of my DD. We can have a different one each night and not get bored starting back to the beginning again. Really enjoying reading it at bedtimes.

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nushcar Sat 30-Nov-13 02:40:29

Good collection of stories with interesting twists. I read about half to my almost 3 year old, but, whereas the themes i.e. cow trying to jump over the moon or a toddler dressing herself were suitable for her age, a lot of the language and the density of prose versus pictures was perhaps aimed at an older child, so I had to work to keep her attention. The stories I have read so far are of a high calibre and it is a nice gift to receive. It would be best suited to 4/5+ range I think or a family with an older child too for some of stories.

Autismmumma Fri 29-Nov-13 11:47:43

Thanks so much for our copy, it's a lovely book with great illustrations throughout. Just popped a review on my blog
and looking forward to sharing it further with the children.

Mrswalker24 Thu 28-Nov-13 22:43:52

Received our copy of the book this week smile
As an aspiring childrens book illustrator I particularly love the diversity of illustrator styles. Will read this to the DD this weekend and post a review shortly.

lorka Wed 27-Nov-13 11:15:52

Thank you so much for our copy of bedtime stories. What a lovely book and great illustrations throughout the book. I have decided to give this to my daughter for Christmas but I think she will love the stories and especially the illustrations. I love the fact it has 10 stories that are all that little bit different and just enough to read before bed. I look forward to her opening this at Christmas and I'm sure she'll want to read it over and over again. grin

aristocat Tue 26-Nov-13 22:44:41

Another here who agrees that this is such a wonderful book. Not too many stories and a good variation with some fabulous illustrations smile
I love the dust cover with the stars and sleeping child .... makes you want to open the book and start reading immediately.

Thanks again MNHQ, we definitely need a volume 2!

Thanks very much for my copy it is charming. I haven't read all the stories yet but those I have read are really good and I love the illustrations. The selection seems quite varied which is nice in an anthology, the whole thing seems very well put together. Now I just need to decide whether to give it to my 5 year old at Christmas or gift it to somebody else.

Eriyi Mon 25-Nov-13 09:59:49

I received my copy of this book on Saturday and it is lovely. Beautiful illustrations and all the stories we have read, have been well written and compelling. My son is 4 and has enjoyed the 6 stories we have read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest.

UniS Sun 24-Nov-13 23:08:37

The mumsnet book of bedtime stories.
IS a very attractive treasury book. not to big, I like the modest format size and the number of pages is about right, so this is not a weighty tome. I think its book to buy to give as a present. stories for reading aloud, not stories for newly independent readers.

The illustrations are charming. If I had not read it in the intro I would not have guessed that the pictures were commissioned from new illustrators to go with the text from unpublished writers.

I will be gifting this book to one of my nieces. my 7 year old son would not be very interested in the story content, hes a bit beyond tales of toddlers wanting to do things for them selves. But I've not yet decided which niece, the 18 month old so she has a story book of her own or the elder sister , who at 4 is probably just the right age for these tales.

not sure yet.

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HazelDormouse Sat 23-Nov-13 21:47:14

Thank you for the lovely book. We received it today. This afternoon we read 'When Polly jumped Over the Moon' and 'The Sheriff of Rusty Nail' (As chosen by Ds). Puzzling and amusing reactions to the latter story in particular. (He indicated that hens should not be on the pages as 'There are no farms in the West' and that he wanted 'a pig to ride' and on one page there were 'dinosaur footprints'...He seemed very taken with the story to say the least.) I was interested to see that the collection is not just for toddlers but for quite a diverse age range. Made sense when I saw the illustrations for 'The Night Thief and the Moon'. Definitely not for a young toddler. Quite scary illustrations. Will have to read that one on my own first.

I only wish I could write or illustrate as the collaborators have done in this collection.

gloriafloria Fri 15-Nov-13 11:50:16

We missed the giveaway on this one, but will be reading everyone's reviews with interest. Think this book will be great for Christmas presents.

Galena Tue 12-Nov-13 10:10:05

Thank you Rachel smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Nov-13 22:58:52


sad Missed it as we were in hospital with DD sad

Sorry to hear this Galena. I've sent you a PM so check in your inbox.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Nov-13 22:56:36

The book giveaway is now closed. We'll be contacting all those who have been chosen to receive a copy tomorrow. Do come back to this thread and let us know what you think or post a review here

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