This first book is one that just resonated with me as a mom. It always seems that my son can find a way to postpone the inevitable, and this can't be more evident than at night when he is supposed to be settling down to go to sleep. C'est l'heure d'aller au lit! ("Time for Bed") is written cleverly by Andrée-Anne Gratton with captivating illustrations by Fil and Julie. It tells the story from the perspective of little Caroline as she finds one thing after another to delay her bedtime. We get to know what goes through Caroline's mind as she sees how her mother reacts, but, in the end, it all turns out, and you just can't but help loving the little girl in spite of the frustrations she puts her mother through. It's probably a familiar story for most parents, but it's such a refreshing presentation of the dilemma, and a reminder that "you're not the only one who deals with this."
Although we borrowed the book from the library (which is the case for most of the books we read), it is available in French from Bayard Canada and in English from Amazon.