Who said bedtime was hard? Lenny and the twins have had a bath without water spilling over, brushed their teeth without toothpaste spraying on to the mirror, and gone to sleep straight after their story. Perfect! Dad can finally settle down to his dinner. But then:
“My pyjamas don’t match!”
“I’m too cold!”
“I’m too hot!”
“The window is making funny noises!”
“I’m not tired!”
From one of Australia’s best-loved comedians and children’s entertainers, Jimmy ‘Giggle’ Rees, comes Bedtime Sorted!, a story about the bedtime excuses that families everywhere will know all too well. Bedtime Sorted! is Jimmy’s rip-roaring debut picture book, with collaborator Briony Stewart’s vibrant illustrations brilliantly capturing the humour in Jimmy’s dynamic text. There’s Mum (duck), Dad (beaver), kids (platypuses) and pet (iguana, naturally), with plenty of funny Easter eggs for parents hidden throughout.
As the beloved star of iconic ABC Kids TV show Giggle and Hoot, Jimmy captured the hearts of generations of Australian kids – not to mention their parents. When the pandemic hit and Jimmy’s post-TV event plans were cancelled, he turned to TikTok videos as a creative outlet and became one of the most-viewed Australian TikTokers, with 10 million likes.
Bedtime Sorted! riffs off one of Jimmy’s most popular parenting videos about the myriad bedtime excuses that families everywhere know all too well. “Parenting is hard,” he says, “and making silly TikTok videos about its challenges is my own way of coping, so it’s just a bonus that other parents can have a laugh along with me. Bedtime Sorted! is an extension of that, cleverly disguised as a picture book for kids – but I hope that mums and dads will get a kick out of it too.”
Hilarious, warm-hearted and oh-so-relatable, Bedtime Sorted! is the rollicking debut from Australia’s most exciting new picture book duo.