The Last Book Before Bedtime by Nicola O’Byrne

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Published by Nosy Crow, 2016.

The Last Book Before Bedtime is a fairy tale mash up. Familiar characters (the three little pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf) are all competing to tell their story as the last book before bedtime. After various different stories are started, interrupted and abandoned, they decide to tell a story that will keep everybody happy.

There’s plenty to keep children interested: well-known characters, familiar plots, modern day references (for example, Cinderella texting Little Red Riding Hood) and there’s lots of humour too.

However, it’s a slightly unusual picture book in that the narrator has conversations with the characters, and the reader is addressed directly too. I felt that these interruptions made the story disjointed and it didn’t flow smoothly enough for me.

Rating: 💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 4+

Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.

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