About Gaby Hansen
Gaby Hansen was born in South Africa, where she attended the School of Art, Ballet, Drama, and Music, then studied Graphic Design and Illustration for five years. She moved to London in 1998 and has more than 20 books published, including the Tiger Tales titles By The Light of The Moon and Oops-a-Daisy!
Character Traits: Family Relationships
Publication Date: March 2010
BISAC: JUV010000, JUV002210
Book Format Detail: Board Book with Padded Cover
Retail Price: $8.95
Dimensions: 7-7/8" x 7-7/8"
When her wee bunny is unable to sleep, a mother rabbit calls upon her entire repertoire of soothing tactics to settle her little one down for the night. Awakened by cries of "I can’t sleep," the bleary-eyed mother looks into the sparkling eyes of her youngest offspring and knows she’s in for a rambunctious night. Little Bunny has decided that staying up all night is the best way to get some extra-special Mommy time. From lullabies to warm baths, to even warmer milk, nothing seems to tucker out the tireless pip-squeak. Eventually it is the sheer exuberance of the young bunny that wears him out, as he dozes off mid-hop. Yet, as is the lot of weary parents and caregivers everywhere, the beleaguered Mrs. Rabbit just settles into bed when she hears the now-familiar wail from her next youngest child. Johnson’s tale is simply, sweetly told. Mrs. Rabbit exhibits endless patience and care, enveloping her child with warm, albeit weary, affection. Young readers will readily recognize Mrs. Rabbit’s familiar lullaby and playful rhymes, which are given a bunny twist: "Hush-a-bye bunny on the tree top," and "Rub-a-dub dub, my bunny needs a scrub." Hansen’s gently shaded, soft-pastel illustrations echo the tender loving care of the tale. Her captivating pictures feature an utterly cuddly bunny with an impish glint in his eye and a jaunty tilt to his long floppy ears. Like its energetic protagonist, this winsome tale is hard to resist. (Picture book. 3-5)
August 15, 2002, Kirkus Reviews
Little Bunny doesn’t want to go to sleep. No matter what his mother tries, her youngest bunny refuses to sleep. The Little Bunny enjoys the one-on-one time with his mother so much that he does not want to go to sleep. But finally, Little bunny wears himself out, and Mrs. Rabbit thinks she can get some rest. However, just as she begins to drift off, another of the babies awakes. Mrs. Rabbit exhibits endless patience and care, giving her child only warm, but somewhat weary, affection.
This fascinating bedtime/naptime story will be a favorite to the young child as well as an encouragement to the parents who read it to their children.
Hansen’s soft-pastel illustrations echo the tender loving care of the tale. Her captivating pictures feature an utterly cuddly bunny with an impish glint in his eye and a jaunty tilt to his long floppy ears. Like its energetic protagonist, this winsome tale is hard to resist.
Reviewer: Leta Tillman, December 2002, HEART OF TEXAS LITERATURE CENTER
Written by Jane Johnson for young children ages 3 to 6, Are You Ready For Bed? is enhanced with the warm and comforting illustrations by Gaby Hansen in a highly recommended picture book about Mrs. Rabbit and her struggle to help her bunny child go to sleep. When at last she finally coaxes her littlest bunny to rest, suddenly another of her children can't sleep in this gentle, good-humored story, which is ideal naptime and bedtime reading by parents.
Midwest Book Review
What is it going to take to get Little Bunny to bed? Mrs. Rabbit gamely tries a lullaby, bubble bath and warm milk, but nothing seems to work. Enjoying some rare alone time (as one of four bunny offspring), “He wanted to stay up all night long with his mommy.” No sooner does Little Bunny vow that “I’ll never be ready for bed” than he bunny-hops himself right into slumberland. In Hansen’s (Big Bears Can!) honey-toned watercolors, the domestic scenes have the ring of authenticity and the long-eared critters combine just the right amount of cuddly, funny and sweet qualities. Little Bunny’s character is a hybrid of winsomeness and a toddleresque iron will. British author Johnson’s punchline won’t come as much of a surprise – with Little Bunny finally asleep, Mrs. Rabbit utters the words, “Peace and quiet at last” and, as if on cue, another bunny sibling awakens. The tale seems as warm and familiar as a much-beloved blanket. Ages 3-6
August 19, 2002, Publishers Weekly
PreS-K– Every parent has felt Mrs. Rabbit’s exhaustion as she gets her children to sleep only to have the youngest one perk up and need lots of attention before slumbering again. In this well-worn scenario, “Mrs. Rabbit tried warm milk. “Swirly, whirly, creamy white,’ she yawned. ‘Time to cuddle and say ‘Good night’” However, only after little bunny hops around a bit does he wear himself out and finally fall asleep just in time for Mrs. Rabbit to hear a second child pipe up. The delightful illustrations rest in a palette of soft blues, reds, and greens on velvety vanilla pages. The engaging characters have warm caramel and butterscotch colored fur. Mother Rabbit’s fatigue is evident, and her child’s delight in being awake a little longer is equally apparent. A bedtime story with lots of appeal.
Reviewer: Linda M. Kenton, December 2002, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Mrs. Rabbit has put all of her little bunnies to bed. Right when she begins to doze off little bunny wakes up and wants to hang out with momma. He can't sleep. He wants to play, have a bath and munch on a snack and cuddle with momma. But it's not long before he dozes off himself. Mrs. Rabbit snuggles down once more and second little bunny wakes up.