Bedtime in the Jungle

Enjoy this gorgeous bedtime counting story from acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler.
Price: $7.95
  • ISBN: 9781682631454
  • Publication date: 08/01/2019
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-7/8" x 9-7/8"
  • Age Range: 2-6


Enjoy this gorgeous bedtime counting story from acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler.

As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down. A monkey makes a bed for her two babies, and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and silence finally settles over the jungle.

Written in the style of the familiar children’s song “Over in the Meadow,” John Butler’s richly illustrated rhyming story will satisfy and comfort readers of all ages.


John Butler


John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than twenty countries and won awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Awards, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. He has had a long career in illustration, working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, “Sesame Street,” and the Sunday Times. He lives in England.


“Stunning illustrations…A lovely addition.” ―School Library Journal

“Nicely paired with the soporific text are Butler’s realistic acrylic-and-colored-pencil illustrations…this is sure to send many little ones off to dreamland.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Parents will enjoy this intimate way to introduce bedtime and animals to their fidgety little ones.” ―Booklist

“Paired with lush, peaceful illustrations, Butler’s use of color and darkening light make this title a beautiful new bedtime favorite!” ―Birmingham Parent

“Butler’s animals are beautiful, realistic but painted with a soft, tender focus to them, perfect for a bedtime book…a delightful addition to anyone’s bedtime reading shelf. Recommended for sleepy preschoolers and their parents.” ―Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“A charming rhyming book with outstanding illustrations…” ―News Mirror

“A soothing read for sleepy wild things.” ―Virginian-Pilot


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

More Details

AR Level: 2.7
F&P: GRL H, Gr 1, Genre TL
Lexile: AD420L
Themes: Baby Animals, Bedtime, Counting, Family
BISAC 1: JUV010000 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
BISAC 2: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General