Where's Tim's Ted? It's Time for Bed! by Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto

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Where's Tim's Ted? It's Time for Bed! by Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: Tim's lost his teddy at bedtime, but the farmyard animals band together to help him out in this rhyming tale
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: April 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0007509560

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Tim is visiting Grandad and Granny Red on the farm. It’s bed time, but Tim can’t find Ted. He makes them look for him, but they don’t really bother. Just a perfunctory peek behind the sofa and, when that doesn’t unearth the teddy, Tim is packed off to bed with the promise that they’ll look again in the morning. But it’s hard to sleep without your toy, isn’t it? So, deep in the middle of the night, Tim creeps out of bed to go searching once more. He’s not alone, though. Grandad and Granny Red might be fast asleep but others on the farm are awake, and like the Pied Piper, Tim soon finds himself with quite a following.

This is a story about friends helping friends, even when those friends are horses and hens and ducks. The crowd gets rowdier but they’re all there to help Tim so he can’t be too cross. And when Ted appears, in the most unlikely place, the adventure isn’t over as the animals have to band together to help Tim safely back to bed before his grandparents realise he’s missing.

This is a lovely story told in rhyme with a great rhythm for reading aloud. There’s lots of animal noises, too, but for the most part the poem is short and has a clear beat:

Ben runs over
Ben says Gruff
Tim says, Down boy
Ssshhh that’s enough

Anyone who has ever misplaced a night time companion will understand Tim’s torment, though this is perhaps not the best book to read if you’re currently going through the same thing. Because Tim’s ability to locate Ted is great, but is hardly going to make you feel better. While there is a fair bit of adventure to the story, it moves towards a more calm, and happy, ending that clearly indicates that it’s time for Tim, and for you, to shut your eyes and go to sleep.

A lovely read that will appeal to those who like farmyard animals and who like to imagine what happens on the farm at night when everyone else is asleep.

Recommended.

Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this book.

Need a refresher on your farmyard animals? There's only one place to go Old Macdonald had a farm by Pam Adams

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