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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Oliver should go to sleep. But there is so much he wants to tell his mother about: what happened that day, the things he read in books, everything he sees around him. A touching and familiar picture book about postponing the ritual of going to sleep." ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Clavis (first published December 12th 2016)
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Leslie Hecht-finger
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a grandmother to a three and a half year old. I purchased this book because of the title " You Know What?" was just so intriguing. I brought it home and read it to my granddaughter. She not only loved the story and would follow up every page with saying to me, " Grandma, you know what?", but she loved the illustrations too and loved finding the bunny on each page, because she goes to sleep every night with a bunny of her own. Great story and have enjoyed reading this to her as often as poss ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Oliver's flood of observations and questions for his mother is delightful, as is his bunny companion in every scene. I really liked how this was all dialogue, and how that was handled, with Oliver's speech bolded. A sweet, relatable journey toward bedtime with a satisfying ending. ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
This is a lovely and funny true-to-life bedtime read. The author nails the child's voice and portrays a close and tender relationship between mother and child. Kids and parents will love reading this together. ...more
Suba Wijesinghe
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"An Advanced Review Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."
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Little Oliver had so much things to tell his mom... What he saw in that day, what he learnt, how he helped others, what he done that day, his imaginations, etc...... And indeed, he wants to spent his time with his loving mom. Here's you got Oliver's fabulous bed time story if you want to know the whole things happened to Oliver in that day. Absolutely sweet, cute bed time story for kids.
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May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every parent on the planet can relate to this story I'm sure. The day is done, Mom's tired, it's time for bed, but little Oliver is wound up and still going strong. His mantra at bedtime? "You know what?"

Now that he has his mother's full attention he starts unloading his day at her non-stop. There are so many interesting topics to tell her about: the things he read in books, what makes the toilet smelly, the discovery of hair up his nose as he
's brushing his teeth, an unmasking of an ant colony
Cheryl Malandrinos
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oliver knows it’s bedtime, but he’s had a busy day and wants to tell mommy all about it.

This is not the first book by Ekster that I’ve read, and I doubt it will be my last. As a former elementary school teacher, she is in tune with what resonates with young people. Oliver continues to toss out the same question to his mommy as he gets ready for bedtime. His tired, yet patient, mommy keeps on listening and encouraging him along the way. It’s a very sweet concept. I also truly enjoyed the artwork
Bonnie Grubman
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will be reading this wonderful universal story over and over to my grandsons; especially at our sleepovers together. For curious sleepyheads everywhere who can't help but delay their sleep. Beautifully illustrated. ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We go through this!
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our kids love this book. Our oldest has been reading it to our youngest. They love the repetitiveness of the "You know what?" question throughout and the rhythm helps them both follow along repeating. A fun read! ...more
Valerie Bolling
An endearing story about an observant child who likes to share his “noticings” (“turtles poop,” “hairs up my nose”) with his patient mother who is willing to listen. The love between mother and child is evident. The book will connect with children who notice things that may seem obvious to adults, and it will also resonate with the adult reader of the many things children like to share and the questions they ask … often right before bedtime!
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this bedtime picture book, one little boy tries to put off the inevitable as long with a familiar refrain: "You know what?" Oliver moves through everyday bedtime routines including bathtime, reading, and getting that last drink of water before he's tucked safely in bed and mom finally gets a break. Readers will enjoy watching Oliver's rabbit and his journey too from waking to sleeping. ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, netgalley
Oliver has been busy all day learning and wondering about many things. When it is time to go to bed, he wants to share all his news with his mother. "You know what?" starts off a new piece of information. The only problem is that he needs to get ready and climb into bed. A great bedtime book for any kid. I love the things he wants to share, and I am sure kids will too. Things like the smell if you don't flush the toilet and the fact that the hair in his nose doesn't stick out like his dad's does ...more
Paul Franco
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a story starts in the bathroom it can only go up from there. Little Oliver would rather talk than go to sleep, and luckily for him he has a patient mom! Especially for a redhead. He’s also got all kinds of cute stuffed animals, which made it easy to understand why he wasn’t afraid of what was under the bed; good reveal of what was really going on under there.
“For little chatterboxes age 4 and up.” Perfect description.
Incredibly cute in all ways.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A child's curiosity and enthusiasm paired with colorful, delightful pictures, "You Know What?" makes for a great bedtime story.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book made me smile throughout. The child's questions and the mother's reactions are very believable, and the cumulative effect is funny. Charming text and illustrations make a great bedtime read. ...more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from netgalley for an honest review.
This book is really about all the questions moms receive from their inquisitive kids. This book kept me laughing and reminded me of my childhood. I think most parents would get a kick out of this, teachers too.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a truly sweet bedtime book to read with any child that has one more question, needs one more hug, or just one more sip of water before bed. Little Oliver has so much he wants to tell his mom before he goes to sleep and you know what? It is so cute!

This would be a great book to read to smaller children or to read as a call and response story with skilled earlier readers.
Cathy Mealey
Oliver, delightful, exuberant, bunny-toting Oliver, has SO much to tell his mother at the end of a busy day. Delving into the classic childhood technique for stalling the inevitable bedtime, Oliver's mother patiently parries each of his persistent inquiries regarding "You know what?"

While reading, bathing, brushing his teeth, Oliver's brain is whirling and whirring, conjuring new questions to pepper at his mother. When the routine ends, he then reaches back into his day's memories to discuss a t
Renee Delcourt
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents with hound kids
I feel for the mom in You know What? Like really feel. This is something every mom has to contend with when it comes to small children. I think the concept is adorable, but some mom's will find this amusing and others may just find the book irritating. I think I was in between both. However, my son's found it funny. At one point my son said "Mama,it's like us!"

The illustrations were perfect in this book. Bright and yet still very calm and soothing. My youngest enjoyed just looking at the pictur
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, childrens
This sweet little story is about Oliver, who is so full to the brim of things he wants to share with his mum that he has learned and discovered throughout the day. It's a nice short story with a little bit of humour, with some beautiful illustrations. Some of the statements and questions that Oliver makes I'm sure parents and children can both relate to! Recommended as a little bit of light relief and humour before bed. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
You Know What? is a sweet picture book about a boy who has lots to tell Mom in order to postpone bedtime. Any parent can relate to this story. The illustrations are cute. The story is just okay. I received a free ARC from NetGalley.
An incredibly accurate portrayal of my life with my 3.5 year old.
Bookworm Blogger
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very colourful and the illustrations are very engaging. I can see a lot of children (and parents!) relating to this bedtime ritual. A nice short story with a few humorous moments as well.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming bedtime story about a young child who keeps asking his mom the title question. She discovers all sorts of things until he's asleep. Check out the stuffed animals as their expressions add to the story. ...more
Kirsti Call
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a darling bedtime book that will have you and your kids laughing! The fun text combined with expressive illustrations make for a super fun read-aloud.
I simply cannot imagine a parent or teacher of preschoolers or early elementary grades who won't relate to this picture book. Some may smile in recognition of the familiar refrain of " know what?" (unpaged) while others may shudder as they recall hours spent trying to put a loquacious child to bed while he/she still has so much more left to share about his/her day or some interesting factual tidbit to share. Honestly, Oliver's mother is more than patient as she responds to his comments. Th ...more
Jamie Donahoe
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's bedtime and Oliver is, maybe not stalling per se, but using the all-important end-of-the-day time to tell his mother all that he's discovered and learned during his day.

One last call is unanswered, leaving the reader to speculate on all that Oliver left unsaid - that day - as he falls into slumber and rests for the next day's adventures, which inevitably will be told in a similar series of You know what? questions.

The phrase "you know what?" is one every parent/caregiver knows well and Ol
Becky B
Oliver shares various discoveries and thoughts with his mother as he gets ready for bed. Each thought is started with “You know what?”

Oliver’s mother is super patient with her verbose little one. That doesn’t mean she lets him get away with things, though. I like how she offers direction and even says no when it’s for his best. But she lets him have fun too. Oliver’s commentary is certainly random, he goes from thoughts about poop to what’s under his bed to things that happened earlier in the da
Jolene Gutiérrez
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! Oliver is excited, curious, and full of so many things he wants to share. Oliver reminds me very much of my own children and some of my students--just bursting with things to tell you, especially at bedtime. I sympathize with poor Mommy, working hard to get this energetic little one to bed, but Oliver's "you-know-whats" turn into a sweet message of love for Mommy. Filled with fun illustrations (look for Oliver's toys on each page and watch as Mommy looks more exhausted ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Yep, I'm one of the moms who found this book really annoying. I'll say it's clever and truly on point--so on point it hurts. When I'm trying to get my kid to sleep, I want a book that's not doing the exact thing I'm trying to get my kid to stop doing. I think it would have been better if the mom in the book didn't look and sound so annoyed as well. If she had made it seem more playful, then it wouldn't have struck such a nerve. I was exhausted for the mom in the story. I'm already exhausted enou ...more
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