"Illustrated editions of single songs provide toddlers with a delightful introduction to books. The artist features soft blues, candlelight golds, and shadowed browns to create a nighttime mood in which a young child shares his bed with 9 friendly animals. Beginning with the number 10, one after the other tumbles to the floor as the counting rhyme works backward until the child is "alone at last". . . Peek's colors and spacing are nicely rendered. Music is appended." - ALA Booklist
About the Author
Merle Peek is a free-lance illustrator who lives in Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and enjoys ice-dancing and riding roller coasters as well as illustrating children's books.
"Works as a whimsical, energetic bedtime story." The New York Times
"'10 in the bed/and the little one said:/Roll Over/ Roll Over!"/ They all rolled over/ and one fell out.' One verse per page is illustrated with whimsical animals and a little boy. The animals are lively and curl up around the room after falling out of the bed. On the last page it turns out they were fantasies from the room's border. Dreamy pastel illustrations are in blue and gold with a clever but not busy detail. A pleasant way to count backwards, good for young groups and for singing at bedtime." School Library Journal