**spoiler alert** This classic children's book is all about a little boy who doesn't want to go to bed, and his parents' endless efforts to get him to...more**spoiler alert** This classic children's book is all about a little boy who doesn't want to go to bed, and his parents' endless efforts to get him to "Be QUIET!" Each night when Mortimer is sent to bed, as soon as everyone else has left his room, he begins to sing "Clang, Clang, Rattle Bing Bang..." with varying degrees of volume. The story presents the lengths that the family goes to, in an effort to get him to go to sleep, including calling the police. The story is very silly and fun, and is best suited to toddlers and younger readers, with repetition and sound effects enhancing the lively writing. The story is lovingly illustrated by Michael Martchenko, as are most of Munsch's classics. The book comes in a variety of editions, including the softcover picture book, as part of Munsch compilation collections, and even as a tiny hardcover board book. It's short and repetitive, and full of personality.
The story is a very enjoyable read and will have readers of all ages laughing and singing the nighttime song. It's one that I enjoy reading to my 3 year old son, and he enjoys telling me the story as well. It's so simple that even he can remember most of it, but it's lively enough that it doesn't get boring after repeated readings/tellings. For those familiar with Munsch's books, this follows a very similar pattern, which gets tiring for some, but for the young (and truly young at heart), if something works, go with it, as Munsch does, over and over again, with varying degrees of success. Although his works are all widely distributed and enjoyed, few of his books have reached the same ubiquitous success as this one, so there must be something special about this story, as it truly is one of Munsch's best known and best-selling. This one is highly recommended for those who are new to reading young children's literature, and definitely worth re-discovering for those who have been away. This is a classic for good reason, and everyone should seek it out for the first time, or again. (less)