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The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  99 reviews
It's bedtime at the Nut House, but little Wally and Hazel Nut aren't ready to go to sleep.

"We're Nuts! We're Nuts! We're Nuts!"

Why go to bed when you could be singing and howling at the moon?

But Mama Nut insists...

"All little Nuts need to go up to bed!"

Who will win this bedtime tug-of-war?

In an unforgettably catchy bedtime adventure, Eric Litwin, author of the best-
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We met Eric today and he read/sung this adorable book. He got the kids moving and singing. My girls loved him. I can't wait to get a copy of The Nuts. Eric is so groovy!!! ...more
Brenda Kahn
I was lucky enough to be at a Little Brown preview at Midwinter, where the special, secret guest was Eric Litwin, who sang/ read this deliciously delightful bedtime book to us. Arcs were available at the Fall Preview yesterday and I gleefully grabbed one to revisit. This is sure to be a story time favorite and a noisy one at that, as nearly every page invites participation of the dancing/ yelling sort. The digitally produced art is humorous, cartoonish and energetic. Scattered throughout the sce ...more
Cute story about a couple of youngsters who would rather play and sing instead of going to bed. Mother starts off gently reminding them that it's time for bed, but Hazel and Wally aren't listening. Finally Mother has to be more direct. The illustrations are hilarious, including Wally's "nut butt" on page 10. It would pair nicely with "Power Down, Little Robot" by Anna Staniszewski. It also has a sweet, loving message: So Big Mama Nut, said, 'No matter what, you will always be my sweet little Nut ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally got to the library in the new city we now live in, so we can resume reading new books at bed time. I like stories like this one. Stories that are fun and convey a message kids identify with. This one was about kids getting pretty wound up at bed time and Mama getting angry because they would not listen. This scenario had just played out before we read the story (with me in the Mama role). Anger is a tricky emotion, for kids and parents. I'm glad the book emphasized you can be angry AND l ...more
Megan Knippenberg
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, punny book with vivid illustrations. I like that you can download the voice recording to put a melody to the song parts. My son is a little to young to appreciate it yet, as he can't make the connection between the audio recording and the book itself. =) ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Nuts are my new favorite. I flipping love their rhyming stories that are hilarious! My 4 yo and I love to sing their "refrains," too. Eric Litwin is a genius at writing/singing with kids! Love this series!
Benji Martin
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Thank you Mr. Litwin.
Michele Knott
I enjoyed the story but loved it combined with the video of Eric Litwin performing it with a group of children.
Erin Gunderson
3.5 stars. I love that Eric Litwin is back with another series and I love that it includes the songs like Pete the Cat, but I'm going to mention something that just drives ME nuts. And this issue also appears in Litwin's Pete books.

Why is it that whenever the song has a song with a phrase repeated 4 times, the text/word bubbles in the book only show it 3 times? It is so frustrating to use the audio track or to sing the same tune and words as the song when using this book for storytime with pres
Cindy Dobrez
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
And what is bedtime like at YOUR house? If you have little ones, or have raised little ones, or read picture books to little ones, you are going to want this nutty bedtime book. I would start a half hour before bedtime with the music (link to the book trailer and song and a longer review is in our Bookends blog post here:

After you've danced and sung to the song you can snuggle in for reading time and enjoy the zany illustrations. There are plenty of puns f
Erika Bichet
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230
The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House was a very interesting yet fun read. My future students would love this book as a read aloud in my future classroom. It has bright illustrations, and the words are in a singing tune. It also is about the battle of not wanting to go to bed, they would be learning the importance of listening to their parent(s) when it is time to go to bed or do as they are told. They would be learning this, while still enjoying the book.

Description: It's bedtime at the Nut House
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-jayden
Eric Litwin writes books that are fun to read aloud. Like his Pete the Cat books, Bedtime at the Nuthouse is structured like a song with bits of story interspersed with a chorus. My son loves how Mama Nut's voice grows gradually louder, and often after we've finished the book he opens it back up to the "red page," where Mama shouts "All little nuts need to go up to bed!" for the final time. As an adult reader, I appreciate the bright illustrations with their silly nut-related puns (for one examp ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! It think boys and girls will like it. I like how the mother tries to get her kid nuts to bed, and each time her voice gets louder and louder, till she is louder than her children. It's like a mother or father as the try to get they're children to do something. ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nutsy little children all pumped up at bedtime not listening to their Mama? Imagine that. The Pete the Cat guy has returned with another fabulous offering. I love this Mama who uses THE VOICE. I love her patience to exasperation to reassurance, very realistic. I love the buoyant funny little kids who don't mean to get Mama mad, they are just full of beans (if nuts can be full of beans...). A lot of families will see themselves in this lighthearted bedtime story and kids will be reassured by the ...more
Sara Grochowski
It's bedtime at the Nut house, but Wally and Hazel Nut just aren't ready to go to sleep! Instead, they ignore Mama and keep playing and singing their song: 'We're Nuts! We're Nuts! We're Nuts!' It's only after lots of warnings and Mama finally giving them THE LOOK that these two little Nuts settle down for bed. THE NUTS: BEDTIME AT THE NUT HOUSE is another funny read aloud from Eric Litwin that is sure to have kids singing and laughing along. ...more
Sydney Hall
What a fun book! I love this one. It is written by the same author who wrote "Pete the Cat" and has the same sing-along aspect. My favorite thing about this book is the creativity of having nuts as the main characters. The author uses several puns throughout the book such as, calling the mom a "roasted chestnut" when she gets mad at "Hazel nut" and "Wally nut." It made me think that some kids might not pick up on these subtle hints but it makes it enjoyable for parents to read too! ...more
Sadie Devin
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: el230b
This book uses bright colored illustrations as well as different kinds of text. This book has regular narrative text as well as conversation bubbles and noises. This would be great for students to buddy read with someone or to read alone so they can focus on the illustrations and the order of the text and conversation bubbles. This can help students connect sounds to spelled out words and what they look like in the picture.
Pam  Page
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eric Litwin just knows how to have fun! Another great book with repetition, rhyme, and silly characters. Yet this is also sweet with Mama Nut saying, "No matter what, you will always be my sweet little Nuts." Be sure to see the live performance of Litwin sharing this book with children: ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first time I read this (to myself) it was a meh. But then I read it to the kids...36 times and it's grown on me. I was a little annoyed with recycled Pete the Cat lines -- they kept singing their tune...did they stop, goodness no...blah blah. The kids think its hilarious (there is a screaming mother, kids who won't go to bed and a "nut butt"-- so it's all very familiar to us.) ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Funny representation of a familiar battle--bedtime. I would have given it 5 stars, but I didn't like that there is never any interaction with the kids from Papa Nut, even though he's pictured on one of the first pages. I do like the bonus lullaby at the end, encouraging parents to sing to their kids. And they can download the song & lullaby so they don't have to make up the tune themselves. ...more
Judy Garrett
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Lutwin has done it again!

I thought the Pete the Cat books were my favorite books. However, now that I have read The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, I have a new favorite. I teach kindergarteners and the rhythm, rhymes and repetition Eric Lutwin uses is a powerful way to get young children to love books.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, picture-books
I'm just about dying right now. Here's a video for this adorable book that includes a suggested melody a la Eric Litwin's classic style. A fun little jaunt for when your storytime kids need a break. ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I can't give a single good reason about why I didn't really care for this book. It just didn't click for me at that time. I can still say it's worth reading, and for kids of a certain age and a certain instinct for silliness it will be loads of fun. There are jokes and puns and a warm loving family. It just didn't work for me. ...more
Ma Rie
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We got to hear Mr. Eric read/sing/perform his new book at our local library last week. The book is much fun!! Love the characters. Cannot wait for the book to be released next month and for the rest to follow! So much fun!!
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I know children learn by repetition but this book is really annoying (similar to Pete the Cat books.) This is a zero stars book, it is that annoying. I didn't finish the book because the artwork is just as annoying as the text. ...more
Uh... I expected a bit more from Litwin, because I love his other works so much. Some of the humor was more of a "really?" And the ending wasn't quite to my taste for my own reasons. Wouldn't mind hearing the song at some point. Has its place, just not quite Pete the Cat. ...more
This is a sing-songy story about little nuts who need to go to bed but who are too wound up to do so. The illustrations are cute and the family dynamics are accessible. Great for phonologic awareness!
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I was annoyed with the family roles. Papa Nut just sits around and Mama Nut continues to raise her voice and get angry at the kids because they won't get ready for bed.

Lots of nut-themed puns, if you like that kind of thing. It's just no Pete the Cat.

Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Nut kids (Hazel and Wally) don't want to go to bed, but Momma Nut insists that they do. The kids are crazy, the illustrations are vivid and funny, and the rhythm of the book is perfect. LOVE IT.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: nuts and their nutty parents who like books with singing
This was pretty freaking charming. I didn't check out the song online, but I made up my own which Minne ran away from and which Zelda smacked me for. Cute nut puns, a mom trying to rustle up her two kids for bedtime, and bright fun illustrations. ...more
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Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy. He is the # 1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and the author of the new musical series The Nuts. Eric's books have sold over 1.5 million copies, been translated into seven languages and won 15 state and national awards including a The ...more

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