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Is it Bedtime Wibbly Pig? - Mick Inkpen

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Author: Mick Inkpen / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 02 June 2011 / Genre: Picture Books / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: Is it Bedtime Wibbly Pig? / ISBN 13: 9781444903959 / ISBN 10: 1444903959 / Alternative title: Wibbly Pig: Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? - Mick Inkpen / Alternative ISBN 10: 0340878630

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      14.12.2012 19:12
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      A great book

      My daughters have masses of books, we have teachers in the family and everyone understands the importance of reading so they get bought loads and they have inherited a load too.

      One of the books we have inherited from a friend of mine recently is "is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?" the book is very small being only about 4 inches square and to be honest generally we like bigger books so that both girls can sit either side of me and see what is happening in the book so this is really only suitable for reading with one child at a time.

      The front cover of the book shows Wibbly Pig in bed with his teddy and a couple of soft toy bunnies, the background of the cover is white and the bedding is white and blue so apart from the pink of the pig there is not much colour to the cover. The book is written by Mike Inkpen and we have a number of his books all of which we greatly enjoy, I would recommend any of his books.

      The story is about a little piggy who is getting ready for bed, on each page there is a different question such as "Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?" to "are you tired Wibbly Pig?" and "shall we close the curtains Wibbly Pig?" on each page there is Wibbly Pigs answer and he seems to stall for time on every page such as he is not ready for bed as he is in the bath, then drying his toes, counting the stairs and then looking at the moon. The book reminds me of my eldest daughter as at every stage of bedtime she tries to stall to get a little longer up.

      Finally Wibbly Pig gets into bed with his 3 different soft toys, Pigley, Flop and Dimple and is soon fast asleep and dreaming, the final page of the book folds out and you can see that Wibbly Pig is going on an adventure with 3 teddy bears and a whale which I think is cute and makes you think about what your children could be dreaming about.

      The book is really simple but it is a cute story, my eldest daughter thinks it's funny that the Piggy won't go to bed and my youngest daughter just loves pointing out the teddy bears. The pictures are bold and simply coloured, there isn't much detail so they are perfect for a younger child although my elder daughter is 5 and she still enjoys it and can now read alot of it herself as it is very repetitive on each page.

      A very simple yet lovely book and we would recommend it.

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      16.11.2012 21:42
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      A lovely bedtime story which you can involve your little one in

      I hadn't come across Wibbly Pig until my daughters were bought this 'Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?' book written by Mick Inkpen last Christmas. I was however familiar with the author from his series of Kipper books which my nephew used to love and hoped that this would be as good. I have since discovered Wibbly Pig on BBC2 so my girls can watch his adventures too.
      My girls loved this book from the first reading when they were about 18 months old, as our copy was paperback we didn't get it out straight away as they were still destroying board books and didn't think it would last long.

      We have had a similar bedtime routine for our girls since they were tiny that involved a story in our room before they go into their room and cots. This book is great as it tells the story of Wibbly's Pig's bedtime routine and how he tries to make it last as long as possible to put off going to bed. Every night I ask my girls which story they would like and they shout 'pig, pig!' one of them crawls over to where the book is kept on top of the wardrobe for me to lift her up to get the book down. We then settle down on the bed or floor to start reading the story, the girls don't always stay put but know the story so well that they come over to join in with their favourite parts.

      Each page asks Wibbly Pig a question and he replies such as 'Is it bedtime, Wibbly Pig? No silly! I'm still in the bath!' and 'Shall we close the curtains, Wibbly Pig? No. I want to look at the moon.' Ending with Wibbly Pig asleep and dreaming which is a fold out page. I don't know if I should admit that we had been reading this story every night for a couple of months before we realised this fold out page existed, the story ended without it and it wasn't obvious it was a folded page when new. The girls liked the new improved ending though which includes characters from the story in his dream such as the 3 bears from his bedtime story.

      This book has lovely illustrations and Wibbly's toys Pigley, Flop and Dimple feature on each page and it is fun to help your little one spot them. My girls also get involved on other pages such as helping Wibbly Pig count the stairs as he goes to bed and bouncing along with Wibbly when he isn't tired. They also like to draw Pigley in the bathroom mirror like Wibbly does!

      Would I recommend?
      Yes, it's a firm favourite to the extent that I wonder when they are ever going to let me read something else at bedtime.
      Does this book signal bedtime? It does for my girls as soon as we say good night to Wibbly Pig they make their way to their room to be put in their cots. Do they then go to sleep? Well no but you can't have everything!

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        20.12.2011 21:15
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        Why isn't it bedtime? Because Mummy is shattered!

        This book was a gift for my eldest when my youngest was born. Three years ago I had not really heard of Wibbly Pig myself, but my husband's cousin said it was her 2 children's favourite book, which is why she thought my two would like it as well.

        Wibbly Pig is now very familiar in our household as there is an animated show on cbeebies featuring this character.

        Wibbly is a small pig, who has adventures as he does normal everyday stuff that will be familiar to any child. In this story, it is time for Wibbly to get ready for bed, even though he is not ready, because he is not tired. Sound familiar parents?

        On every double page spread Wibbly is asked a question by the narrator, to which Wibbly replies, No because I am still doing ....

        We are taken through his routine of having a bath, getting dried, going to the loo, reading a story, having a drink, cleaning his teeth, climbing the stairs, bouncing around on his bed, choosing a bedtime teddy, and then falling asleep as soon as his head touches the pillow.

        We really like this one, as the illustrations are really lovely, with lots to talk about at each page, such as Wibbly drawing a picture in the steam instead of cleaning his teeth, or counting the stairs with him before bed, and then going into Wibbly's dreams on the last page and all the items in the dream are things we have seen getting ready for bed.

        Although Wibbly is obviously delaying the inevitable, you don't get the feeling as a parent he is a bad influence in the same way as other pig characters like Peppa and Olivia. He is doing what most toddlers do, and taking advantage where he can.

        He is a really likeable character, and it helps kids to see that everyone has a little routine they do before bed. We have talked about what we do alongside reading the book, and no matter how many times we read it or have the discussion about our routine, they don't get bored, or maybe they have learned themselves how to procrastinate at bed time.

        This is a gentle quick read. There is a maximum of a couple of sentences per page, and it takes 5-10 minutes to read and chat to your little one, which is enough for a toddler bedtime story. Long enough to wind down a bit before getting into bed. The text is quite large too, so it would be suitable for a young child starting to read.

        Written by Mick Inkpen, and published by Hodder Children's books, this has a RRP of £5.99, which is well worth it for a book that children will want to read over and over.

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          31.10.2011 14:47
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          A beautiful, engaging bedtime storu

          Both my children, 5 years and 21 months, have always been firm favourites of anything Mick Inkpen writes - be it Kipper or Wibbly Pig. In particular my eldest loved the Wibbly Pig books, and "Is it bedtime, Wibbly Pig" was her all time favourite - in fact she took it to bed with her for about a year, until the cover and expanding back page fell off!

          When my youngest got old enough, I managed to get another copy of the book form our local PDSA charity shop, where all children's books are £0.10. It has again become a firm bedtime favourite.

          The story revolves around Wibbly Pig getting ready for bed, or not as the case may be! On each page Wibbly is asked by the narrator if he is doing various things to get ready for bed - finishing his story, closing the curtains, brushing his teeth etc - and in each case Wibbly |Pig says "no" and explains what he is actually doing.

          The illustrations are engaging and Wibbly and his teddies are beautifully drawn.

          By the end of the story Wibbly is fast asleep, and the expanding last page folds out to show a scene of Wibbly dreaming and floating off into the night with his dream characters and teddies.

          This makes a great bedtime book, and due to the fact that Wibbly says "no" on each page it makes a good interactive book for toddlers to join in with, saying no and shaking their head at each picture.

          If you and your little ones like Wibbly Pig, this will make an ideal addition to your collection, and especially makes a good bedtime story book.

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            02.05.2010 09:32
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            Is it bedtime yet Wibbly pig is written by Mick Inkpen who is more famous for writing kipper stories.

            This is a book my son picked up in the library stating that he liked Wibbly pig. As I tend to save his library books for bedtime I thought this seemed an ideal choice so put it on our latest collection.

            The story in this book is of Wibbly pig's bedtime routine. The book has a narrator who asks Wibbly pig questions. At first Wibbly is asked if it is bedtime however he is still in the bath. as the book continues he is unable to go to bed as he is drying his toes, on the toilet, finishing his book, having a drink and other excuses why he isn't ready for bed. Wibbly finally gets into bed but when the narrator finally asks if he wants to turn the light out Wibbly is asleep. The final page is a fold out page which shows Wibbly's dreams.

            The illustrations are very basic but very effective. The picture is mostly filled with images of Wibbly with very little around other than what is relevant within the story. While I do enjoy more complex pictures I do find the more simple pictures do tend to focus my son on the story without continually asking questions .I do find these are similar to his Kipper Stories.

            When I first read the book he was on the verge of falling asleep as he had fell asleep in the car on the way home and managed to wake up enough carrying him upstairs to demand his bedtime story . He did listen and every time his eyes shut would force them open to listen to the story.

            We have now read this book a few times and now he shows great enthusiasm for this book. He does like to act out what Wibbly pig is doing and when Wibbly pig has his drink I have to pass my son his bedtime milk and we are not allowed to turn the page until he has finished his drink.

            The only part I am not particularly impressed with is the dream sequence while the fold out page is nice I feel for children the concept of dreaming is quite an abstract idea and I do not think this is a very clear dream or explains what is happening well. My son understands what is happening at the end of the book so a slightly disappointing ending however he still seems to enjoy it.

            The story is a very simple story which could be useful for much smaller children as it is doesn't have many words per page so helps to hold the interest. I would say this book is very simple to follow and does teach the bedtime routine.
            This is an ideal bedtime book and I would recommend it to a younger age group than my son as maybe one to two and a half if purchasing as my son is starting to move on to longer and more complex stories however he does still enjoy this and I am happy with our choice from the library.

            If you want to purchase this book it is available on Amazon for £4.26 with super saver postage.

            ISBN no. 978-0340878644

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              03.01.2010 16:01
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              A great story for bedtime for young children

              My daughter received this for Christmas a few years ago, and it's become a firm favourite, not least because Wibbly Pig seems to be a bit like Lucie.

              Wibbly Pig is the central character who seems to do anything to drag out going to bed. For example, he's still in the bath, and then drying and then reading his story. Even his hot drink takes a long time because it is too hot for him. Wibbly pig is like any little child, who is not ready to go to bed yet. While he seems a little mischievious, he is such a loveable little character, that you can't help but warm to him. The only page in the book I don't really agree with is wibbly pig bouncing on his bed, because I do find this a little bit naughty.

              However wibbly pig is a lovely character that my daughter loved. I do feel that now my little girl is nearly 4, she has grown slightly bored of this book. That is possibly because there are not many words on each page, and she finds that story time is over too quickly with this story. However, she is happy with this and another book from the same collection.

              Overall this is a great book though, with lovely illustrations so younger children can see what is going on.

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              13.07.2008 14:08
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              Great bedtime story

              "Is it bedtime, Wibbly Pig?"

              A bedtime favorite of my little man this book sums up the bedtime routine we go through most nights and I'm sure I'm not alone....ANY excuse to stay up 5 more minutes !

              We find our friend Wibbly Pig in the bath and the tale opens with " Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig ? " to which he replies "No, silly I'm still in the bath ! " then hes drying his toes...going toilet, reading a story, having a drink, brushing his teeth, counting the stairs on the way to bed..

              All those '5 more minutes' distractions my 5 year old seems to find before bedtime. Also so true to life when Wibbly Pig finally does get to bed he doesn't feel sleepy he's bouncy !
              Oh and he doesn't want to shut the curtains because he wants to see the moon, when we finally see him settled in bed he wants ALL of his cuddly toys to snuggle up with.

              But finally... "Shall we turn out the light, Wibbly Pig?
              Wibbly Pig? Wibbly Pig? Are you asleep, Wibbly?"

              When you get to the last page it folds out to show a dreaming Wibbly Pig flying around with his toys and he says,

              "No, I'm dreaming!"

              The Wibbly Pig books are a Mick Inkpen creation also known for his Kipper the Dog stories / cartoon on the telly.
              The stories are well written and easy for a young child (and their parents) to identify with, plus the illustrations are very well done with plenty of other 'bits' in the picture for your child to point out for example on the first page my little man was amused to see Wibbly pig had got bubbles all over the bathroom floor and must have thrown his sponge out of the bath too...

              The actual book itself is a hard back with 'normal' pages. The writing is large and clear enough for my boy to read alone with plenty of ' little ' words that he knows, and is all done in a rounded childish style of font which fits in nicely.

              There are plenty of other Wibbly Pig books out there too (we also own "Wibbly Pig can make a tent" and "wibbly Pig opens his presents" smaller board type books)

              On the back of our copy it informs me it is published by ' Hodder Children's Books ' and invites you to "visit our website at www.madaboutbooks.com"

              I would advise search the usual places if your interested in Wibbly Pig books, try amazon/ebay etc as you can easily pick this book up for around £7 or under.

              A fantastic bedtime book.

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                01.05.2008 08:26
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                Another Mick Inkpen winner

                ***Background***

                Mick Inkpen is well known for his Kipper and Wibbly Pig series of books and of course the television series of Kipper too. His lovely gentle stories and beautiful illustrations are fantastic and young children love them.

                ***The Story***

                The story starts with,

                "Is it bedtime, Wibbly Pig?
                No silly! I'm still in the bath!"

                Throughout the book Wibbly Pig is asked questions but he seems to have an answer for every question and it's always 'No!'
                We see him going to the toilet, reading his book and having his hot drink before brushing his teeth and finally going up the stairs. Even in bed he stalls as long as he can but as soon as his toys are all tucked in beside him there is quietness.

                "Shall we turn out the light, Wibbly Pig?
                Wibbly Pig? Wibbly Pig?
                Are you asleep, Wibbly?"
                When we turn the last page it shows Wibbly flying around with his toys saying,

                "No, I'm dreaming!"

                ***The Illustrations***

                Wibbly Pig is an easy character to spot because he is so simply drawn. His floppy ears and curly tail make him one of the cutest characters around and because the majority of the background is white the colours really stand out here. The writing is clear and easy to read but is made to look like it has been written in crayon and this adds a childish feel to it.

                ***My Thoughts***

                My son has almost outgrown these books now much to my sadness. The stories are simple and ideal for a younger child who won't get bored with lots of text to read on every page. This style of book is excellent for young readers too because of the easy to read text and simple words throughout the book and it was one of the first books that my son was able to read by himself.

                The story here is one that most parents will be familiar with, because every child tries to stall at bedtime to some extent. The excuses Wibbly gives are sensible though and shouldn't give a child daft ideas to try them out.

                I love the pictures in this book too and they all look like they are outlined with crayon, which is probably why they are so appealing to children. It also gives a somewhat fluffy edging to Wibbly's toys and this makes them look very cuddly. The colours used are all pastel shades making it easygoing on the eyes and perfect for bedtime.

                This character is one of the best out there because he is just so lovable to look at and the stories are easy for a young child to understand.

                ***Other Wibbly Books***

                Wibbly Pig Likes Bananas
                Wibbly Pig Can Make A Tent
                Wibbly Pig Is Happy
                Wibbly Pig Can Dance
                Wibbly Pig Opens His Presents
                Wibbly Pig Makes Pictures
                In Wibbly's Garden
                Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear
                Everyone Hide From Wibbly Pig

                ***Price & Availability***

                The paperback version we have retails for £5.99 but is available from Amazon for £4.49. There is also a hardback version available at the publishing price of £9.99 but is again available from Amazon for only £6.49.

                Paperback ISBN No. 0340878649
                Hardback ISBN No. 0340878630

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                Wibbly Pig is being his usual cheeky self, he doesn't want to go to bed, he's not tired at all! He wants to splash around in the bath, count the stairs to the bedroom and bounce around. But in the end, he snuggles in to bed and falls asleep with his cuddly toys