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Debra Sartell Time for Bed, Baby Ted Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Written by Debra Sartell
Illustrated by Kay Chorao
I absolutely love any children’s books and my kids would tell you they have tons of them.  Our 9 year old daughter loves to read and our 4 year old son loves books just as much even though he doesn’t know how to completely read yet.  He’s definitely close though and there are a lot of words that he can read.  All of our kids love being read to including our 9 year old sometimes.  I was given a wonderful opportunity to review Debra Sartell’s Time for Bed, Baby Ted.
Debra Sartell was born and raised in Michigan and later moved out to California after her first semester of college.  She studied theater and mime.  She later studied art and child psychology and she kept a constant stay with her journal writing and poetry throughout the years.  With all her wonderful interests, she ended up having a career of booking stand-up comedy, producing theatre and casting films for over 16 years and she loved her work. 
Time for Bed, Baby Ted is Debra’s first published book.  After she had her son, she began writing children’s picture books.  Photographs were her inspiration and started adding her poetry to her pictures and so she went down the path to write picture books.  Time for Bed Baby Ted actually came from looking back on her pictures when her husband was trying to put their son to bed!
Time for Bed, Baby Ted starts out with a dad reading a book about animals to his son Ted before bedtime.  When the book starts, his dad was finishing up and tells Ted it’s time to get ready for bed.  Ted wasn’t ready for bed so he said, “I’m not baby Ted.  I can’t go to bed.  Try and guess what I am instead.”  The next page illustrates Ted clapping his arms together and the page says “And he started snap, SNAP, SNAPPING.”  Of course his dad plays along and guesses that he is a “baby crocodile”.  Ted continues along pretending to be other animals and his dad continues to play along. 
Ted goes through his bed time routine pretending to be another animal and not “baby Ted”.  He has his snack, goes to the bathroom, brushes his teeth, and heads to his bedroom.  All the while he is doing these things, he went from being a baby crocodile to a baby duck, then a baby frog, a bat, a penguin and quite a few more with this very imaginative little boy!  It’s a very cute story about a little boy’s dad getting him ready for bed and by the end of the story, Ted did it all by himself!
I love how this story rhymes and it’s kept simple for little ones to easily follow along.  The story is written brilliantly while the illustrations are just as darling.  There are simple action words as well that are repeated.  These show up with all the different animals that Ted “becomes”.  The third time the action word is repeated, it’s in all caps and in red.  I think this is really great because it’s an action word that sticks out above the rest.  By now, our 4 year old knows those words when he sees them and likes to act them out himself!  I think it’s a really fun book and is one of our 4 year old’s favorite story to hear before bedtime.
The illustrations are also fun to look at because they clearly identify what animal Ted is at that time along with the action word so it makes it fun for kids to guess what animal Ted is before you read more.  Our kids like this story especially our son.  This is a great book to read anytime but it’s also fun to read before bed.  If you have a child that is hard to put to bed, try acting out or playing along with this book through his/her bedtime routine and make a fun game out of it!
The product was sent to me for free by the company for my use and review. I was not paid to write my review and my opinions are 100% my own.
Buy It:  You can buy Time for Bed, Baby Ted from Indiebound, Amazon, Holiday House, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.  Hardback cover price $16.35
Win It!  Debra Sartell is offering my readers a chance to win a copy of her book for themselves!  One of my lucky readers will win a signed copy of Debra Sartell’s book, Time for Bed, Baby Ted along with some bookmarks and Bedtime Hero Badges!
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About Nicole Anderson

My name is Nicole and I write DustinNikki Mommy of Three. I enjoy writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have three kids. When I am not terribly busy running someone to band or soccer practices, I find some time to write. I also like to write about my kids, family and life. My family enjoys the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, and exploring things we haven't seen or been before. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
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75 thoughts on “Debra Sartell Time for Bed, Baby Ted Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

  1. i would love to win this for my son…
    her dad was a firefighter
    and from her blog:
    baby Cole was the inspiration for her book!

  2. I learned that she was raised by her mom and her dad was a fireman.
    purejoycreative at gmail

  3. 1. i read that she starts writing every morning at 5:00 a.m.
    2.the picture on the flap is of her husband and son.
    3. she dedicated the book to her mom who tucked her into bed every night.
    i would love to win this book for my sweet little grandson.
    [email protected]

  4. I read that Debra Sartell's mom is her hero. I would like to win this book for my niece.


  5. I read she was born and raised by her mother in Michigan. On her blog she disclosed her dedication to her mom. This book would be for my son.

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  6. Darrell with Baby Cole was the inspiration for the book!

    GFC follower

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  7. I read that Debra Sartell is from Michigan, she has a 'for grownups' page coming soon, & this would be for my son.transamws602(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. I read that Debra Sartell is from Michigan. On her blog, I read that the cover of this book has a new design. I'm trying to win this book for my son. =)


  9. learned she acted in Haight Ashbury Theatre Company – and this would be for my son!

  10. I learned that Debra was raised by a single mom, the book released on Feb. 15, and this book would be for my daughter.
    mearley1979 at gmail dot com

  11. She had a book launch in March, she has a 'for grownups' page coming soon, and this would be for my granddaughter.
    jan_ackerson at yahoo dot com

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  13. I entered your Ammo Books Children's Books giveaway.
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  15. I read that her dad was a fireman in Pontiac and a legend in the department. On her blog I read that the dedication of her book was a tricky decision. I'd love to win this for my little one ~ he'd enjoy it!

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