Perfect Picture Book Friday! How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love a good bedtime book!

putparentstobedHow to Put Your Parents to Bed
Written by Mylisa Larsen
Illustrated by Babette Cole
32 pages – ages 5+

Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 2, 2016

Theme/Topic- Making your own food/Eating healthy

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I know. You are not tired.

You could scale a tall tower.
You could sail savage seas.
You could paint a masterpiece.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: “No one likes going to bed. And you’re not even tired. You want to stay up and have all sorts of fun adventures! But take a look at your parents. They’re really tired. They’re exhausted. But they just won’t go to bed! Help them put down the cell phones, turn off the TV, stop cleaning the dishes, and go to bed! You might be small, but you can handle this task. Follow the instructions in this book and you’ll have them snoring in no time.”

What I Thought- This is a funny look at bedtimes, with a surprisingly accurate look at what parents would do. The book is a good bedtime story, and kids will love trying to put their parents to bed.


The book makes it sound as if a kid (or  maybe the cat?) is really talking to you. The illustrations have a way of being realistic and really fun to look at. There are a lot of details, so I’m sure there are things you can find in the illustrations. Ms. Larsen has written a nice bedtime story that will make kids and parents giggle!

Activities and Resources- If you have trouble getting your kids to go to bed, has a nice article over HERE!

Here is a list of things you can do right before bedtime from right HERE!

Check out the video trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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32 replies

  1. What a very fresh and clever book idea! Don’t think I’ve ever seen a book about putting parents to bed! Love the funny illustrations! Great video.

  2. That sounds really fun and another those how come no one thought of that before books.

  3. Ha! This looks super funny. And realistic. Parents are exhausted and they do need to put down those cell phones and go to bed!

  4. I admit my daughter has pulled, tugged, and dragged me off the sofa where I feel asleep, watching TV. Maybe I should check out this book. Sounds like a story I can relate to.

  5. This is soooo cute. Love the idea. A great find Erik.

  6. Now that’s different, the kids putting the parents to bed. I like that, and the illustration example looks like it makes for a colorfully fun read.

  7. What a great choice, Erik! This book looks really funny…I remember those days very well. And thank you so much for including the trailer…it was fun to watch.

  8. This looks great! Can’t wait to get a copy and read it. Mylisa’s is very funny, and she has at least one other book on the way.

  9. What fun! I like the title! I bet kids do too!

  10. This book sounds absolutely adorable. I think I will get it for my niece for her 3rd birthday in a month. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. Fun video and great humor for kids and parents alike in this one.

  12. This is one of the funniest bedtime stories I’ve read in a great long while! Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Looks like TOO much fun!!!

  14. Love this book. Nice review. Did it work on your parents?

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