Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Barry E. Jackson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
It’s bedtime for Little Bulldozer, and Mom and Dad help him get ready. They give him a bath, brush his teeth, give him hugs and kisses, and say goodnight. But there is one problem: Little Bulldozer is not tired. He gets hot, then cold, then thirsty, then finally lonely, until in the end, he finds a cozy spot next to his sisters to fall asleep.
Bedtime for Little Bulldozer is very relatable to children. Most children have had some difficulty falling asleep at one time or another. The book may help children to understand and identify these fears or issues that prevent sleep as they follow Little Bulldozer’s own struggles. The illustrations add some comedy, especially the picture of his Dad brushing his giant bulldozer teeth and the picture of Little Bulldozer loudly tumbling down the stairs. For some, the fact that Little Bulldozer has human parents may be distracting, but overall, the book is entertaining and fun.