Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome in Summer with a Good Book: IT'S NOT A BED, IT'S A TIME MACHINE -- A New Children's Picture Book Written by Mickey Rapkin, who Wrote the Blockbuster Film, Pitch Perfect (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

When I first heard about this upcoming picture book release (arrives in stores on June 4th), I was excited to receive an advance copy, not just because the story sounded cute and fun, but that the main character was a Latino boy.  It is hard to find children's books with kids of color as the main characters, as most are Caucasian.  My girls are part Latina, as their Daddy is from El Salvador, and have noticed in the books I share with them. They have asked on a few occasions if there are books with Spanish characters.  I always tell them that I am on the lookout for these types of books, and was excited to find "It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine," as I knew it featured a little Latino boy.

More about this book:

"In It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine, a clever picture book by Mickey Rapkin and Teresa Martinez, a young boy anxious for bedtime discovers his bed is a time machine!

Bedtime means lights out, with dark corners and spooky sounds. But it also means . . .

Adventure! Because it’s not a bed, it’s a time machine. Our hero rides it to the coolest time of all—the age of the dinosaurs. He makes a tyrannosaurus-sized friend, who helps him become the Boss of Bedtime.

While tonight’s sleep will span millions of years, it’ll feel like it’s over in the blink of an eye."
As soon as the girls saw the little boy, they picked up on his skin color, which was just like theirs, and they were all smiles.  And, then as we started to read this new picture book, they continued to smile as they thought it was so cool that the little boy was able to go on such fun adventures with his time machine.

Not only is the story cute, but the playful and colorful illustrations really help to bring the story to life.  My girls really enjoyed this book, and continue to ask for me to read it to them at bedtime.  With summer fast approaching, this upcoming picture book would make for a great way to kick off summer reading with your kids, and it will probably become a staple at is that good!


About the Author and Illustrator:

About the Author:

Mickey Rapkin is a journalist and screenwriter whose first book, Pitch Perfect, inspired the hit film series about a cappella singing. Previously a senior editor at GQ, he is the author of Theater Geek, and has written for The New York Times, ELLE, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler. He lives in Los Angeles when he isn't time traveling.
About the Illustrator:
Teresa Martinez was born in Mexico. She was a very shy girl at school, and drawing helped her connect with other children. When she grew up she studied graphic design and started illustrating picture books. Now she lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, drawing for kids as she did during her school days, and that makes her happy. Her books include The Little Girl with the Big Voice and The Halloween Tree.
Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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