Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Axel Scheffler is not the first Pip and Posy I have reviewed. Back in 2012 I reviewed Pip and Posy and the Scary Monster. I usually don't revisit a series, but Scheffler's books are so absolutely charming that they are worth reviewing again and again. And, as always, I feel the need to remind you that Axel Scheffler is the frequent illustrator of books by the wonderful British picture book author Julia Donaldson. This team is best known in the US for The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and one of the best Halloween books out there that can be read any time of the year, Room on the Broom.
In Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog, the friends are having a sleepover at Pip's house. Posy packs her bag and rides the bus to Pip's where they play cars, farm and Pirates in the Hospital.
They eat spaghetti and have a bubble bath. After brushing their teeth and reading a funny story, it's time for bed.
When the light goes off, Posy finally realizes that she has forgotten Froggy. And she cannot sleep without Froggy. Pip offers his teddy bear. And his dinosaur. And his frog bank. But nothing is right and Posy has no option but to cry and cry and cry. Finally, Pip does the hard thing and offers Posy his beloved Piggy. And Posy stopped crying because "Piggy was a very nice pig." Happily back in bed, Pip and Posy drift off to sleep. You can't quite tell from the illustration below, but the expression on Piggy's face is priceless.
In the morning, Posy returns home where she gives her Froggy a very big hug. Simple and sweet, but something all little listeners can relate to with characters they will be happy to see again and again.
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Source: Review Copy