10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

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At One Hoppin' Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters -- a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys -- arrive at the front door. "All aboard!" the child's pet hamster, dressed as a tour guide, shouts, directing them to his bus. It's off to the kitchen for a snack, to the bathroom for toothbrushing, to the bedroom for a story. And just as the child begins to read, the tour guide looks out the window and shouts, "More coming!" Busloads and carloads of vacationing hamsters stream through the front door, and the escapades accelerate from one action-packed page to the next, as the countdown continues.
 

About Peggy Rathmann

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Rathmann is a Caldecott Medal winner. She was named "the most promising new author of 1991" by booksellers in Publishers Weekly's annual Cuffie awards.
 
Published September 28, 1998 by Putnam Juvenile. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Rathmann (Officer Buckle and Gloria, 1995, etc.) offers a loony look at the shank of one child’s evening in this manic picture book.

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"Another countdown begins as an entire community of hamsters joins a boy and his own pet hamster in getting ready for bed.

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Publishers Weekly

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Another countdown begins in 10 Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann, as an entire community of hamsters joins a boy and his own pet hamster in getting ready for bed.

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Rathmann endows each with a distinctive personality: Numbers 3 and 4 are twins, 8 shows only its rear end and stroller-bound toddler 10 declares ""eat"" and ""more!"" After additional golden-brown rodents arrive (in Goodnight Gorilla fashion) at the front door (raising the count to well above 50)...

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Young children will enjoy trying to find all the hamsters while older ones will catch the humor and enjoy spending time with the pictures.

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