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Bedtime for Batman

(DC Superhero Bedtime)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  177 reviews
When a dark night comes to the big city, one little super hero prepares for a great adventure . . . bedtime! He dons his pajama uniform, speeds upstairs, cleans up the nightly grime, and keeps watch from his towering bunk bed. Written by award-winning author Michael Dahl (Goodnight Baseball, Goodnight Football, and Goodnight Hockey) and illustrated by Ethen Beavers (DC Sup ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Picture Window Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
this took me 3 minutes to read. lol! while i enjoyed this, it wasn't the best picture book i've ever read. it was a short & sweet read about how kids & superheroes relate in a strange way. ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Batman has a checklist to follow when he gets ready...and you have a checklist that will help you get ready for bed! Great book that may help parents put their little 'batmen' to bed.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic bedtime story for superheroes' fans!
Every activity in the boy's bedtime routine is told in a comic fashion. Batman gets the signal: dad points at the clock; Batman gets ready for the action: the boy wears his pajamas. Batman locks away the villains, the boy puts away his toys.

I found this book cute and original. The illustrations are colorful, and the layout allows to follow both stories, Batman's and boy's, in a perfect way. And very important: Batman pictures are faithful to the orig
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
Disclosure: We received a copy from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review. This does not influence our review in any shape or form.

I am absolutely in love with this book. It was absolutely adorable. I loved how the author connected Batman to a bedtime routine; you see how people depend on Batman to keep them safe and how the little one had goldfish that depend on him to keep them fed and healthy. I thought the connections between Batman and little kids were excellent and I foun
Shelle Perry
Geared toward lower grades it allows younger kids to use their imaginations to jump into the adventure with their favorite superhero. Written by a children’s book author and illustrated by comic book artists, the concept is brilliant. The dual storytelling of a kid facing her day and the comic panels of superhero defending justice is a wonderful way to relate to kids and their imaginations. The 'Be A Star' checklist is also a great reinforcement for the subtle life lessons contained in the story ...more
Wayne McCoy
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
In 'Bedtime for Batman' by Michael Dahl with illustrations by Ethen Beavers, we follow the parallel stories of a young boy going to bed and Batman. It's a wonderful picture book for toddlers and would make a good bedtime book.

We see Batman getting a signal and getting ready to go out at night and fight crime. We see a young boy get the signal that it's bedtime and he has to get ready for bed. The pictures parallel what Batman is doing with the young boy. Batman cleaning up Gotham while the boy b
Stacy Fetters
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean up crime... all before bed time.
Went to a Batman pajama party at BEA Chicago and received a signed copy for my husband. As you all know, my husband is a Batman nut... (Only I get away with saying that because you know... the love), so i picked this up for him and then I forced him to share. (It's what I do)
Fans old and new will fall in love with this very imaginatively way to get ready for bed. The signal appears, clean up these filthy streets, put all the ignorance away for good and clim
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read for my little heroes at bedtime.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the rituals of getting kids ready for bed is reading to them, at least it was for me. And having a book about going to sleep is always appropriate. And, if they are comic book fans (or cartoon series fans), this will appeal to them.

As goodnight books go, this is a simple story, but very well juxtaposed. It shows the boy and batman going about their routine and doing sort of the same things. The boy puts on his pajamas, and Batman puts on his costume. The boy puts away his toys. Batman put
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute book. It had great art and included illustrations of all of my favorite DC characters: Harley Quinn, the Joker, etc.

There wasn't really a story, per se, but this might be just the thing to read to a little one that's being difficult at bedtime. There's almost a side by side comparison of Batman having his adventure and the little boy getting ready for bed. Dreams can contain big adventures,
A cute bedtime picture book, along the lines of Goodnight, Moon or Where the Wild Things Are. (But maybe not so literary.) I would have definitely bought this for my son when he was in pre-school or kindergarten. Nice art and framing, too.

But it might have been better if the boy had a sister. And maybe see Batgirl alongside Batman & Robin. Little boys aren't the only ones who dream to be heroes.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for a copy in return for an honest review.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would have never have thought a story about Batman would have made a great bedtime story. I loved how they showed the parrallels of Batman night adventures with a young one preparing for bed.

Super fun book.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the art in this book and I would have given it an extra star but there wasn't as much story as I would have liked. It was still very cute and I think my son liked it too. We'll see tonight...if he repeatedly asks me to reread it I'll give my rating an extra star.
Stefanie Kellum
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.
Fantastic picture book comparing a child's bedtime routine to Batman's nightly crime-fighting routine. Love the taking care of business page, as well as the bedtime checklist at the end.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Because I love checklists.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute bedtime read for the little superhero fan in your life!
Keziah Green
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Author Michael Dahl and Illustrator Ethen Beavers (2016). Do you have a young dark knight superhero at home? This is the perfect picture book for any young Batman, “Each day, the sun sets. Each evening a dark night rises...Suddenly, the hero gets a signal.” Join this imaginative tale as you have your little one excited to complete their nightly routine in order to prepare for...bedtime! Beavers provides bright, graphic novel style illustrations that mirror Dahl’s adventurous use of words and all ...more
Kristen Boers
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Bedtime for Batman, part of a DC for kids series, is fun little book. Like the others in this series, it illustrates a fundamental principal of a child's life (in this case, bedtime) thought the eyes of a child protagonist and their favorite superhero.

As the mother of a superhero obsessed preschooler, I appreciate (like, for real for real) the superhero related content specifically created for the younger fans. So much accessible content is for elementary aged and older fans, so we were overjoye
The Library Lady
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I am grudgingly giving this a 4, because while I like it and it's charming, I am sick of seeing Batman, Superman, etc, pitched to small kids. And then their parents wonder why they want to see the movies, which are clearly aimed at adults?

But this is sweet, as Batmanwanna be goes through his bedtime routine on one page, while the "real" Batman appears on the opposite page. And lord knows the demand is there, and this is a helluva lot better than the crappy beginning readers people insist on read
Erin Buhr
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This super cute goodnight story parallels Batman's night activities with those of a little boy getting ready for bed. It is a clever concept, well executed with humor and sweetness making this the perfect bedtime story for little budding superheros.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Super quick and cute read
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I CAN'T WITH ALL OF HIS TOYS BEING CHARACTERS. These are seriously the best superhero picture books. Everyone should want all of them.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
A little boy gets ready for bed while pretending to be Batman. This book was a big hit with my 3 year old, who is such a big superhero kid that he recognized the Aquaman figure in the fish bowl!
Jason M Waltz
GREAT book to read with the superhero grandson. Lots of fun for him and me.
Ashley (pagesofhorror)
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 4 year old loved this story. We read it for bedtime and he got a kick out of the story and the illustrations.
Grace Huey
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No help needed: evening, cover, suddenly, great, awaits, moments, business, whatever, depend, watches

Help needed: rises, shadows, deepen, signal, prepare, adventure, dirty, count, ahead

She liked the bat pug in it.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A super cute good night books for boys.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

My kids are just as big nerds as their Daddy. My son pretends he is the Flash and will then pretend that he is working with Jamie and Adam from the Mythbusters to find out the reason behind the Flash's powers. It is the cutest thing ever. My Daughter is 3 and she loves Batman just like me. I try to show her how amazingly cool the female heroes are like Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. It is a great time to have a little girl because women are becoming mo
Pop Bop
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A Clever, Well-Executed Idea

So, here's the deal. This picture book is presented in a split-screen sort of style. On one hand we have a little kid getting sent to bed and on the other hand we have the familiar hero Batman going out on a mission.

Dad points to the clock for the little kid. Batman sees the bat signal in the sky. The little kid runs up the stairs to put on his pj's. Batman goes down the underground stairs to put on his Batman costume. Batman climbs a fire escape, while kid climbs the
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Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children's books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.

He also writes under aliases Chris Carey, Rick Thomas, and Mark Ziegler.

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