The classic "Just Go To Bed". Starring Little Critter, or "Hoppy", as Esme calls him. Hoppy avoids going to bed by playing with all his toys. Dad plays along as Hoppy goes through his bedtime routine, but eventually tires of it and tells him "Just Go To Bed!!" Hilarious, I assure you.
The highlights of this book include finding the mouse on every page, saying what the mouse is doing, the word "pajamas", and, of course, the part when Hoppy hops around like a bunny.
A must read. At least once a day.
Another classic. In "Where the Wild Things Are", Max is sent to bed (without eating anything!) after a day of acting like a Wild Thing! Suddenly, his room turns into a magical world and Max meets REAL Wild Things. He has a great time, but misses being where someone loves him "best of all".
Highlights of "WTWTA" include; the part where he chases the dog, making Wild Thing noises, the phrase "yellow eyes without blinking once", the whole "wild rumpus', more Wild Thing noises... according to Esme, the whole book is a highlight!
Another classic by Maurice Sendak. In this book, Papa has gone to sea and Mama is pretty despondent about the whole thing. Ida is left to care for her baby sister, but does a poor job of watching her and goblins steal the baby away. To be their bride. Because goblins are weird like that. Anyways, Ida takes her trusty Wonderhorn and sets off to save her sister.
Highlights of this book include; the baby... Esme just seems to really like this book. She reads it to herself all the time.
And finally, One to Ten and down again. The book we dread having to read. Also called "Balloon" around here, this book is Looooong. And repetitive. And its the last on the list of books we read before bed (see books above). We probably wouldn't dislike it so much if we were reading it at any other time, but by the time we pull this book out its usually coming up on 9:00 and we are loosing our voices. I think I can stand it more than Cameron. Nevertheless, in this book, a big red balloon appears in the sky, and any time anyone touches the string... up they go! All ten of them. And you can count them all each time.
Highlights of this book include; remembering the names of each of the people (especially #4 Tom Knockatthedoor), saying what each person says (especially "shoo shoo shoo"), when the balloon smiles, and the baby at the end of the book.
So there you have it. The current Greatest Books of All Time. Or at least of Bedtime.