Baby Bear's Mum satisfies his 'before bed' needs so he can sleep/hibernate.
Baby Bear cannot settle into hibernation. Mother Bear has to get him a snack, a drink (water dripped from a branch) and the moon they used to sleep under! The solution to the latter problem is smart. At last, Baby Bear asks for (not another thing!) a good night kiss (that's nice) and they both fall asleep. Overall the story is uninspiring, and VM suggests children could fall asleep with better 'visions'.
Mathew dreams a night-time 'adventure' involving a tow truck operator, red licorice and a yellow van, then wakes to discover his misplaced yellow, toy van.
Though one of the more popular Matthew's Midnight stories, this fantasy is fantasy without redeeming value. At supper-time young Matt wants red licorice and finds he's misplaced a yellow toy van. In bed he dreams of helping a tow truck driver at night, one who provides red licorice and who shrinks cars for storage. He gives Matt a shrunken yellow van, which of course is in Matt's coat pocket in the morning. Children deserve more in fantasy.
The fact that his friends have fears seems to be enough to help Franklin brave his dark shell for sleeping.
Bourgeois treats Franklin's removable* shell as if it were scary, like a child's bedroom at night. After seeing that other creatures also had irrational fears Franklin braves his shell, with a nightlight. How do the irrational fears of others suggest one should brave one's own? (*At the Encarta site one can see how a turtle's shell is integrated into its bone structure. Note how the backbone is part of the carapace –the top shell.)
A nice presentation of things a cat might see on the farm at select times through the night, while Amy and her parents are sleeping. Some of the illustrations are quite well done. The sequence is nice to think about, but teaches little and is hardly worth keeping.
"Good night _______" is said to a number of dull, inanimate features found in illustrations of a dull and dim room.
The text occasionally rhymes, but is often awkward. The mainly black and white picture elements are often creepy looking: there is a cat in a grandfather clock, scaring a mouse; a 'grandma' rabbit knitting in a chair simply disappears in subsequent images. In a sleepy and 'spacey' way, with no redeeming message or atmosphere, your child can be bored to sleep.