Petey's Bedtime Story by Beverly Cleary

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The best part of Petey's bedtime is hearing the story of what happened on the day he was born. He knows the story so well that one night he tells it to his weary parents. Speeding cars, a yellow fire engine, and a tiny pair of cowboy boots are just the beginning of Petey's bedtime adventure. Full-color illustrations.

About Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916. Her family lived on a small farm in McMinnville, Oregon, before moving to Portland. Ironically, this internationally known author of children's books struggled to learn how to read when she entered school. Before long however Cleary had learned to love books, and as a child she spent a good deal of her time in the public library. Cleary earned her first B.A. in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley. Her second degree, a B.A. in library science, was bestowed by the University of Washington in Seattle in 1939. She worked for a short time as Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, before moving to California. Cleary began her writing career in her early thirties. Her stories and especially her characters, Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, have proven popular with young readers. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and are available in over twenty countries. Some of her best known titles are Ellen Tebbits (1951), Henry and the Paper Route (1957), Runaway Ralph (1970), and Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983). Several television programs have been produced from the Henry Huggins and Ramona stories. Cleary has won many awards for her contributions to children's literature, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975, the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal in 1980 and the John Newbery Medal in 1984. David Small was born on February 12, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan. He studied art and English at Wayne State University, and went on to complete graduate studies in art at Yale. After receiving his MFA degree, he taught drawing and printmaking at the State University of New York, Fredonia College, Kalamazoo College, and the University of Michigan. He also created editorial cartoons for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1980s, he lost his teaching job due to cutbacks. It was then that he committed himself to combining his loves of writing and art. His first picture book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head, was published in 1981. He earned a 1997 Caldecott Honor and The Christopher Medal for The Gardener, written by his wife, Sarah Stewart. In 2001, he received the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in So, You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George. His editorial drawings regularly appear in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and The Washington Post.
Published September 23, 1993 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Petey arrives, fully clothed, in a flash of what looks like fireworks, to an admiring hospital crowd--and, back in the present, his exhausted parents are asleep in his room, so Petey helps himself to cookies and snuggles into their bed, where he falls asleep amid the crumbs.

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According to PW, Cleary's tale about a boy who loves bedtime and all the relevant preparations ``is as buoyant and as amiable as its hero.'' Ages 5-up.

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