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Principal Fred Won't Go to Bed

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After a long day at school, Principal Fred slips into his pajamas to get ready for bed. But something is missing – where is his bear? "I need Bear!" Fred yells as he races down the stairs. He zigs and he zags and he hops across chairs. Follow Principal Fred and his family as they dash and they crash and they search for the principal’s favorite stuffed animal. Mixed media ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Two Lions
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Oct 09, 2016 Susie rated it liked it
Had to read this after seeing Carolyn Crimi in person at the York Children's Literature Festival last weekend. The book takes on new meaning after hearing her explanation: she wrote it partly as "revenge" after she was mistreated by a principal! She was pretty funny. I agree that this ends rather abruptly; I scrolled back to be sure I hadn't missed something. I don't think the formatting on my computer was the most conducive to enjoying the story.
Robert Beveridge
Carolyn Crimi, Principal Fred Won't Go to Bed (Two Lions, 2010)

For some reason, the Bean was not nearly as fond of this one as I was (and as unfortunate as it is, I did knock points off for that—as I ave often said, when it comes to pre-lit these days, the Bean is the final arbiter of taste at Goat Central). It's a simple and obvious idea, and it's probably been done a hundred times before, but I've never seen it until now: take an adult who is normally in a position of power over kids—in this c
For some reason, this story fell flat for me. I liked the rhymes and the illustrations, but the storyline seemed a bit abrupt. I thought I would enjoy it more, as I have slept with my own teddy bear for about 30 years now. I would have liked this story more, I think, if it had had more substance to it: why did Fred care so much about his bear? Didn't the bear have a name besides "Bear"? When Fred woke up in the morning and didn't see Bear next to him, did he really not look around for him? I ...more
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Mar 01, 2011 Bill Sannwald rated it liked it
There has been this trend in popular entertainment for years of portraying adults as children. Principal Fred is one such manbaby. He won't go to bed until he can find his teddy bear.

You know, the thing is, now that I'm an adult I realize that most of us are still pretty childlike. And the few of us that don't come across as such are perhaps the most childlike of all. So, kudos to you, Carolyn Crimi, on your shocking expose of the secret lives of principals and their teddy bears. In the end, we'
Jan 22, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
I liked the illustrations and the story was okay, but I wanted something more. It rhymed well, which would make this a good read aloud at a preschool or one on one sharing. I get the idea that adults are just like you and they need their special things to help them sleep, but why does he seem like such a moron?
Jul 21, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
The little and i both enjoyed this story. Principal fred couldn't find his teddy, and the whole household had to search before they could go to bed. i think this would be a cute read for a kindy classroom
Jun 22, 2015 Naomi rated it it was ok
A play on the "fighting bedtime" books. This time it is the principal who refuses to go to bed. Just had a dime a dozen feel to it.
Mar 19, 2012 Beverly rated it liked it
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...without his teddy bear! The family frantically hunts for the cuddly toy so that Dad will go to bed. Nice, large illustrations.
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Liked that it was written in verse, didn't like how childish Principal Fred was.
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Carolyn Crimi, AKA the Pirate Queen, is the author of numerous books for young readers, including BORIS AND BELLA, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Of HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES, she says, "While I don't have long floppy ears or a pro-nounced overbite, Henry and I are kindred spirits, who love books and carrots!"
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