The Bedtime Story Race

Children - Picture Book
556 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2021
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Author Biography

Shel Curry is the BiblioKid author of THE BEDTIME STORY RACE. A mother of four and her children’s first teacher, Shel has been a professional writer for some of the nation’s top corporations for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in business administration. Shel claims two states, Indiana and Florida.

When she’s not daydreaming and doodling, Shel enjoys reading, photography, and discovering new adventures. The idea for Ethan and Sophie’s Silly Adventures was inspired by her two youngest kids who were learning to read while at home as virtual learners in 2020. Shel hopes to inspire young learners and parents/caregivers, teaching them to fall in love with reading.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

The Bedtime Story Race by Shel Curry is a fun and fast-paced picture book for young children. The book focuses on two siblings, Ethan and Sophie. Ethan is eager to show off his reading skills to his older sister but when their mother says, "The first one who finishes their chores can pick the bedtime story," it lands them in a race that Ethan feels he must win. How else will he be able to show off his skills? Join Ethan and Sophie in this delightful picture book and see who wins the race!

Author Shel Curry has done an amazing job at creating a fast-paced storyline that children will love. I liked that the author designed the characters to be relatable to real-life siblings, as most children are eager to show off new skills they have learned, especially to someone they look up to. The text is simple and effective and the illustrations by Hatice Bayramoglu are colorful and fit nicely within the story. This book will not only entertain the reader, but it will also educate them on sight word practice as the author has included many words to spark more interest in reading. Shel Curry has also listed five questions at the end of the book for the parent/teacher or guardian reading to ask the child, which will be thought-provoking and enhance creativity. I enjoyed this book a lot and hope to see more from Shel Curry in the future, as I know her books will have a positive impact on children's education.

Deborah Lloyd

Big sister Sophie and her little brother Ethan were typical siblings, experiencing some rivalry mixed with a big dose of love. After a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, Mom says whoever finishes all their chores first will be able to choose the bedtime story. Ethan wanted to pick out the bedtime story so that he could show Sophie all the words he’d learned in his favorite dinosaur book. He tried to be the first to finish the dishes, brush his teeth, and take his bath. When Mom saw what was happening, she told them they’d better synergize (work together) – a new word Mrs. Wheeler had taught in class. The siblings agreed upon a solution to their dilemma. In the children’s book, The Bedtime Story Race, created by Shel Curry, a familiar family scenario is developed.

This children’s book describes a typical sibling relationship in a delightful way, showing how easy it can be to find ways to work together. The author writes the story in both narrative and dialogue formats, creating a realistic perspective. Likewise, the captivating illustrations by Hatice Bayramoglu add another layer of authenticity and charm. The best feature, however, was the tools at the end of the book; the questions for young readers and sight word practice. This will aid parents in making this book a learning experience for children. Author Shel Curry has written a wonderful children’s book in The Bedtime Story Race, one that will be especially helpful to parents who want to lessen sibling rivalry in their homes!

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Ethan is so proud of the new words he’s learning to read. He can’t wait to show his older sister, Sophie, how well he can read. When Mom announces a challenge, a race to see who can finish their chores first, Ethan is determined to win so he can be the one to choose the bedtime story, and then show off his new reading skills. Can he win against an older sister who’s faster than he is at so many things? Should he cheat a little to win? Ethan’s determination shines through, as does his pride in his growing reading ability.

Shel Curry’s picture book story, The Bedtime Story Race, is a great story about family and the bond of love that can be expressed through reading together. Although most of the language is simple so beginner readers can follow the story, there is one word that adds a challenge: synergize. This will allow young readers to practice their phonetics, sounding out a word and they will learn what it means. It’s rather a ‘cool’ word that they will probably remember and use frequently themselves (as young readers love to show off their knowledge of complicated words). At the end of the book, there is an interactive exercise with questions to make the young reader think about what they just read and a glossary of words to enhance their sight word practice. The bright, bold, colorful illustrations help carry this story along. This is a great way to encourage young readers to work hard at their growing reading skills and to cherish the precious family time spent together with a good book.