Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, Garth Williams

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This beloved classic bedtime book continues to spark giggles and is a perfect read-aloud at bedtime.

It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one from Mother. And then there are tigers and giants and ominous cracks in the ceiling to keep her up. Will Frances ever go to sleep?

Frances the badger made her debut with this title, long a favorite for the gentle humor of its familiar going to bed ritual.

Here is the coziest, most beguiling bedtime story in many a day. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The big hand of the clock is at 12.

The little hand is at 7.

It is seven o' clock.

It is bedtime for Frances.


"An enchanting picture book with winsome illustrations and a text in which there is humor and a real sympathy for the maneuvering of the reluctantly retiring young."--" Bulletin of the Center for
Children's Books""Anyone who has ever put a little one to bed will find this delightfully familiar, and the children themselves will enjoy the gentle humor and coziness of the story."--" School Library Journal"


Russell Hoban was the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Target Age: 4-8

HarperFestival paperback

Pub Date: September 29, 1995

0.13" H x 10.0" L x 8.14" W

31 pages


HarperFestival hardcover: 

Pub Date: September 29, 1995

0.37" H x 10.31" L x 8.36" W

32 pages