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Jasper’s Bedtime Dream (Book) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

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Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
3/ 5


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1 total rating

 

We liked?


Lots of fun elements that kids will enjoy.

Not so much?


A little rambling at times.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Jasper’s Bedtime Dream: How a Dinosaur Handles a Bully blends kid favorites like monkeys, dinosaurs, and pirates with a gently presented lesson about dealing with bullies. The colorful pictures are fun to look at, and the happy ending should ensure your little dinosaur has sweet dreams.

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Posted November 21, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Aahhh, the bedtime story. It’s a perfect time to slow down from a busy day, spend some quality time with your child, and sneak a little love for reading in there, all in one. But finding the right books that can do all that and be something you won’t mind reading over and over again isn’t always easy.

Jasper’s Bedtime Dream: How a Dinosaur Handles a Bully is the newest book from author J. Adam, who states that he, “created this book to give parents something to read with their children that would be enjoyable and bring parents and children together.” HE also tries to fit some good old fashioned problem solving lessons in there by tackling the issue of how to deal with a bully. The story has all the right elements – dinosaurs (everybody loves dinosaurs!), pirates, crazy monkeys, and a happy ending – but can it hold your child’s interest for the long haul?

The story is a somewhat familiar one. Jasper, a young dinosaur, is being tucked into bed by his mother, and mentions an unhappy incident at school with one of the other dino-kids. He soon drifts off to sleep, and that’s where his bedtime adventure begins. From escaping the clutches of some unsavory pirates, to retrieving his water bottle from a pack of boisterous monkeys, to finally facing up to his bully, Jasper models different techniques to use in difficult situations.

While the techniques themselves are solid – removing yourself from the situation, trying to resolve conflict rationally, and talking it out  – they are presented quite subtly, so they may go right over the head of your younger kids (although pointing out something along the lines of, “those pirates were misbehaving, so Jasper was right to get away” can be a great conversation starter on how to deal with those situations in their own lives).

I found Jasper’s Bedtime Dream to be an interesting story, although it seemed to ramble a little at times. One of the sentences also ended without a period, which may be an issue for young readers, as I’ve always felt that they learn sentence structure best from seeing it modeled properly in the books they read. My five year old really enjoyed the story as a whole, and especially liked the naughty monkeys and how Jasper dealt with them. The book is laid out with small colorful pictures and not too many words per page, so it’s a good choice for kids learning to read independently.

Jasper’s Bedtime Dream: How a Dinosaur Handles a Bully blends kid favorites like monkeys, dinosaurs, and pirates with a gently presented lesson about dealing with bullies. The colorful pictures are fun to look at, and the happy ending should ensure your little dinosaur has sweet dreams.

 

*Stay tuned for a holiday giveaway featuring Jasper’s Bedtime Dream and two other fun books from J. Adam.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)