Perfect Picture Book Friday – Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

Today is one of those days I love.  Not only do I get to share a truly delightful picture book, it happens to be by an author whose friendship I value and whose work I am already a fan of.  AND I got to read an advance copy, which means it’s like a secret – practically no one else has gotten to read it yet.  I’m like a member of a super special secret club!  Maybe we should have a secret handshake… Ooh! or a password…! but I digress… 🙂

Come on!  Quick!  You’re going to love this one! 🙂

Title: Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Written By: Robin Newman

Illustrated By: Chris Ewald

Creston Books, Fiction, April 12, 2016

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: problem solving, communication, fractured nursery rhyme/fairy tale, humor

Opening: “There’s a little-known secret about Hildie Bitterpickles.  She needs her sleep.

Every night Hildie brushes her teeth, puts away her spell book, and goes to bed with her cat, Clawdia.

Until the night when Hildie’s quiet neighborhood changed.

Someone moved in next door.  A very loud someone.

Brief Synopsis: What’s a desperate-to-sleep witch to do when an elevator-clanking giant, an old woman with a shoe full of noisy children, and a roof-blowing big bad wolf move into her previously quiet neighborhood? Checking the real estate listings and moving seems like the answer, until she learns that a little communication can go a long way and it’s better to deal with your problems than run from them.

Links To Resources: Fabulous Teacher’s Guide!; discuss with your kids or students what things might bother them while they’re trying to fall asleep or do other activities and how they might constructively cope with those annoyances

Why I Like This Book: First off, Hildie Bitterpickles and Clawdia!  Who could possibly not want to read about characters with names like that? 🙂  The story is tons of fun.  Poor Hildie gets grumpier and grumpier and more and more discouraged, until she comes full circle back to a very familiar spot.  She learns an important lesson (in a not-at-all-preachy way!) about the importance of facing problems rather than running from them.  And she comes up with some clever solutions that solve problems for everyone.  Plus there is a whole spread in the middle showing a page from The Daily Witch that will tickle your funny bone 🙂  Favorite line in the book?  When the wolf says, “My specialty is demolition, but I could give repair work a try.” 🙂  Appealing art in soft fairy tale colors for daytime and rich night-time hues round out the book perfectly.  Pre-order your copy, encourage your local library to do so as well, and/or write a really great Valentiny Contest story and possibly win a signed copy! 🙂


And if perchance you missed the trailer where it was posted on the Valentiny Contest prize page, check it out!

Click HERE for the complete list of Perfect Picture Books (and by complete, I mean seriously behind but undergoing updating so eventually it will be complete! 🙂 )


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!  And keep a weather eye on the… well… on the weather, since the most important weather prediction day of the year is coming up next week!  You all know what day THAT is… 🙂

PPBF bloggers… sorry!  I still haven’t figured out how to get a link list up here, so hop over to the old blog and add your link to that list if you don’t mind.

11 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

  1. ptnozell says:

    Will definitely look for this book – what fun! This serial mover may even learn a few tricks or two to avoid that next one. Now back to work on a certain Valentiny…

  2. setwiggs says:

    Susanna, I am unable to post a comment via WordPress. Here is my comment.

    Noisy neighbors. I may learn some tips on how to deal with them from Hildie Bitterprickles! Looks like a fun book.

    Thanks. I was able to post through WordPress on another website tonight so I think the problem is with your site. Sorry! I did enjoy your post. sue twiggs >

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