Kid’s Book Review: The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories

Kid’s Book Review: The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories

About the Book and Illustrator

This is a bumper book of brand new stories from lots of fabulous children’s authors: Aisha Bushby, Ann Jungman, Ayesha Braganza, Claire Barker, Emma Carroll, Hannah Lee, Ingrid Persaud, Kate Saunders, Kieran Larwood, Lou Kuenzler, Lucy Farfort, Martyn Ford, Michael Mann, Natasha Farrant, Pip Jones, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Reba Khatun.

The collection of writing promotes modern-day messages of inclusivity, acceptance and bravery in the face of adversity that may prompt thoughtful conversations amongst families, school-settings and between friends. Each story is accompanied with beautiful artwork by the talented illustrator Sarah McIntyre who introduces this book and her work on the Faber & Faber website.

Faber Book of Bedtime Stories cover
Sarah McIntyre

Based in Devon and instantly recognisable in her pointy specs, writer-illustrator Sarah McIntyre loves exploring the world with her sketchbook. Her solo picture books include the Grumpycorn books and The New Neighbours and she’s written and drawn a comic called Vern and Lettuce. She has also co-authored many longer books with Philip Reeve, including Oliver and the Seawigs, Pugs of the Frozen North and their latest series about Kevin the roly-poly flying pony. She’s delighted to be illustrating The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories and working with such a wide variety of authors.

Book Review

No More Bed, Just Parties - I love this story!

Evan’s mum says:

Evan loved this giant collection of stories, he was immediately obsessed with the cover and the illustrations, he kept stroking the cover getting everyone who read to him to feel it because it feels bumpy and cool.

Evan picked which stories to read so we didn’t read it in order. He picked Anansi and The Curse of The Seven first because he loves spiders. He enjoyed the story and loved the fact that it was based on real events and real people, he told us he understood the story because at school they had been learning about people being different and that we should be kind to everyone despite differences.

Evans favourite story was When Bedtime Was Cancelled, he absolutely loved the bright illustrations and he could think of nothing better than to party all the time and never go to bed. He wasn’t impressed that in the end they decided to still have bedtime as well as parties, it took so convincing after this one that it was time for bed.

I enjoyed the range of stories in this bumper book. There is a good range of stories that allowed children from all sorts of different families feel seen. I have read quite a few of Emma Carroll already so hers was a firm favourite but it was nice being introduced to some new authors. Plus I recognise the illustrators work from her work with Philip Reeve, she is excellent and her illustrations were a favourite part for Evan and I.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Evan
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: Mr Bean, dancing and riding his scooter
  • Dislikes: onions and bedtime
  • Favourite TV show: Mr Bean
  • Favourite Book: Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton