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Just Go To Bed (Little Critter)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  25,153 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
A small animal uses his imagination to avoid going to bed, but finally has to admit that he is sleepy.
Published 2007 by Scholastic (first published 1983)
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Jennifer Boyce
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Oh Mercer Mayer, your "Little Critter" books made my childhood so much more enjoyable.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Fantastic illustrations and dialogs !
Marissa Elera
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Miranda Potratz
I read the book “Just Go to Bed” to my cousin. Overall, she liked the book. I had a good reason to read this book to her. My cousin always finds excuses at night to stall her bedtime. She wondered why I chose such a childish book. My mom read this book to me when I was younger. The child in the book is a little critter and he pretends to be different people, to delay going to sleep. My cousin thought it was funny, because the father played along, until the point where the dad got upset.

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Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Mercer Mayer takes us on an imaginative journey as Little Critter prepares for a good night's rest. Bed time is one of the hardest times for kids, and this book offers an opportunity for young readers to relate. From make believe of being a cowboy lassoing up cows to becoming a sea monster attacking a ship (during bath time), this little guy uses imaginative optimism all throughout. Dad is ever so patient and guides Little Critter through each step of "preparing for bed." By the last page of the ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Go to Bed (little critter) by Mercer Mayer is in the genre of fantasy. It is recommended for kids aged 4-8 years old. The book is about a little who doesn't want to go to bed when his father tells him to. He wants to round up cows and stop the enemy tank in war. The books shows him outside his house playing and in his room. The whole time, his dad keeps saying "come take a bath." And "time for bed." The little critter eventually is tired and gives in to going to bed. I love this book and it ...more
Becca S
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
another Little Critters favorite. I have pondered a small tattoo of the critter on the cover ..just the way he is in those pajamas. I'm pretty sure I had similar pj's once when I was little. LOVE these books.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mercer Mayer's books; they really focus on the child's feelings about certain things that they like/dislike, such as, in this case, going to bed. I love the illustrations, and the colours just popped-out at me as I was turning the pages. It seemed as though the little ones enjoyed it as well, with them looking at the pages quickly, even though they may not have understood the true meaning. I liked how these books tend to have a meaning, with the secondary characters making important appea ...more
Who didn't love the little critters book series growing up? I had tons of these books and Just go to Bed is a stand out for sure. Because of course like Max I always wanted to stay up. I remember getting these from book fares at school and loved getting each new book. (As a side note I always loved the way the Scholastic book fliers/magazines smelled too, is that just me?) This title was a close favorite of mine and I wish I still had a copy of it now.... sad to say.

Well I'm glad Max is still ge
Clarice Bolen
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
This story was very repetitive and did not really have a "meaning" behind it. I feel like anywhere in the story could have been the beginning. At the end, there was no way for me to predict how it was going to end. I would probably have this in my classroom library, but would not chose it as a read aloud book.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I love Little Critter, and it appears my son does too. The quick language, busy pages, and great concepts keep him entertained and give me back-up on manners, language, chores, etc. We like this one specifically because bedtime is hard some nights. On those nights, we read this book so he knows that everyone does the same things he does, and that he must listen and go to sleep.
Stephanie Davis
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents and young children
Shelves: eng-353
Just Go to Bed, of the popular Little Critter series, is about a little critter boy who wants to play all throughout his bedtime. He delays his bedtime with different activities like having a snack or taking a bath with his toys. This is a unique story as its characters are actually animals, adding a fun element for children. The story relates to I Hate to go to Bed, in that it addresses the difficulties children have with bedtime. Mayer does a great job of displaying the second wind, per say, t ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime
LC keeps playing different things during the course of preparing for bed. Finally his father loses patience and says "just go to bed"- a situation we all grin at because we've all been there in one form or the other.
Gabrielle Moore
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small Children
Shelves: hadleigh
Very Good, a stubborn child at bedtime might want to read this book. Although a baby, will tell you just Give Me Milk!!
Katie Easter
Genre: Modern Fantasy
Grade Level: preK

This children's fantasy is a cute little book. I wouldn't use this in my classroom because I think it is more of a bedtime story for 3 year olds+ but it was a cute easy read that I think kids would love. I do wish the book would have been a little longer or had a different ending because I think it was a little sudden.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute story.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiddo loves this one. Cute story.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230a
This is just such an enjoyable story showing two points of views, a child's creativity and a parents work at trying to get an ordinary night time routine done. But it's presented in such a fun way. I think sometimes you just want to scream go to bed, but the dad does a good job using what the child is doing to redirect him to the activity he wants him to do.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Modern Fantasy
This book might be my favorite of the Little Critter series it has a huge imagination and funny little comebacks from the dad. This book made me laugh extremely loud and I read it a lot and no matter how many times i reread it i was still dying of laughter.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imaginative, creative
"Just go to Bed" is a book about exactly what the title says. A little critter wants to continue playing and using his imagination to create different personas all while the dad is continuing to try to get him ready for bed. The critter starts off as a cowboy, then it's time for a bath and he "turns" into a general, then a space cadet, and a few others after that. But, each time he changes his persona, his dad is giving him the next step that's needed for him to get ready to go to bed. Finally, ...more
C.M. Truxler
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
One of Mercer Mayer's many wonderful Critter books, this book is not just entertaining for the children. It is a book that the children will love having read to them, and one to which both child and parent alike can relate. Like any child his age, Critter does not want to go to bed.

As any parent can attest, this is not a situation for the faint-hearted. Any child can find numerous and fascinating ways to entertain themselves at bedtime to distract their parents from the task at hand, and buy so
Grace Bradley
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Litter Critter wants to play and do all sorts of thing just to prevent having to go to bed. He pretends he is a cowboy, a space cadet, and many other fun imaginary characters, until his dad tells him its time for bed. All through out the book, little critter is not paying very close attention to what his dad is saying and keeps on playing. Little Critter does not want to go to bed. After he puts on his bunny rabbit footie pajamas, he claims bunnies do not sleep in beds, trying to make up as many ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
Genre: PB4

I have to say that I LOVED this book! It is such a cute story on a little critter trying to delay bedtime that I know every parent and child can relate to this story! I found the writing to be very cute and perfectly paced for the audience to enjoy. The phrases and words in the story are perfect for a read aloud book and I have to say it is easy to get into the dad's character while reading when telling little critter to "go to bed"!! The pictures are fantastic in this story and can be
Emily Teeter
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virtual
This picture book begins with a young boy who is asked to come inside after pretending to be a cowboy. Throughout the book, he also pretends to be characters such as a general, space cadet, sea monster and other creatures. As the child is pretending to do all of these things, his father is gradually taking him through the process of getting ready for bed. The young boy takes a bath, gets a snack and puts on his pajamas all while pretending to be a different character. The theme of this book is a ...more
Jordan Gissing
One of the classic Little Critter picture books tells a simple story of something that we all struggle to do when we are younger, getting ready for bed. Our preschool hero resisting his fathers efforts to get him ready for bed. By the end of the book Little Critter’s understanding father finally successes in moving his energetic, imaginative son into pajama time, bath time and softly to sleep. After reading this book with ones students, you could ask them to make a chart of a week’s routine and ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
while our fourth child was recovering from a car accident traumatic brain injury, a sweet friend gave this along with some other Mercer Mayer books. We fell instantly in love with these books. They kept his attention and he loved to be read to in the same book over and over. At times I wondered if I was reading about my own little monster. He would giggle with delight and this book was always the last of the five he chose to have read to him for quiet time or bedtime stories. . .such fond memori ...more
Robert Beveridge
Mercer Mayer, Just Go to Bed (Golden Press, 1983)

Is there anything tougher than getting toddlers to go to bed? Mayer addresses the topic in one of his innumerable Little Critter books, and of the ones we've read it's my favorite. Pretty good mojo with the Bean, too. Dad is trying to get Critter through the various steps involved in the process, which involves a lot of cleverness and more than a little negotiation. Everything turns out all right in the end, of course, though anyone who actually h
Jessica Sommers
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
This book is about a bunny named Little Critter that wants to do anything but go to bed. He tries to do as many things as he can to make it harder for his father to put him to bed. Finally, the father is able to get him to get ready to go to sleep, and goes through the process of how to get ready for bed. Little Critter eventually lets his imagination help him convince himself he is tired, and he eventually goes to sleep.

I really liked this book! I liked the illustrations. My favorite aspect of
Brianna Jones
Genre: Fictional Picture book

Reading Level: Emergent to Early: ages 4-6

Topics and Themes: In this story, the little boy tries to get out of going to bed. It is a cute bedtime book.

Curricular Use: Independent reading

Social: This book deals with a child trying to avoid going to bed. It shows many ways that a child will try to disobey thier parents and try to get what they want.

Literary Element: This book uses personification. The critters in this book are given human characteristics to make them
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I began illustrating books in 1966. Since that time I have published over 300 books. Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid. Now I'm a big kid and I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always remind me of what it was like.

I was born in Arkansas in 1943. Boy, that was a long time ago! It's real fun to be an old kid. Then m
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