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Bedtime at the Swamp and The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow and a Giveaway!

by | Jan 9, 2013 | Giveaways | 11 comments

All my children love Bedtime at the Swamp and The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow. My favorite part about these books is that they are so fun to read out loud.  These two books are some of our favorites. I had to go out and buy my own copies after receiving these copies for this giveaway. My kids love them so much that they quoted their favorite phrases while out shopping just the other day.

bedtime_at_the_swampBedtime at the Swamp is a fantastic bedtime story. Short rhymes and lots of fun. The illustrations by Macky Pamintuan compliment Crow’s text exceptionally well. Bedtime at the Swamp is about a little boy who is supposed to be going home to get ready for bed, but instead ends up hiding from a monster. It sounds scary, but it really isn’t. In fact, the monster ends up hiding with him. I think kids are more likely to giggle at the end of this book than be scared.

My kids’ favorite line

Splish Splash Rumba-rumba bim bam BOOM!

middle child blues

The Middle Child Blues illustrated by David Catrow is just like the title reads,  a story about all the woes and struggles of being a middle child. Lee is told a little too often that he is too small, too old, too young and so forth. This leaves him  sick and tired of being stuck in the middle. To cope with all this middle childness, Lee gets out his guitar and sings the Middle Child Blues. My children once again love Crow’s rhyming and catchy rhythms that go with the classic blues. In fact I wanted to sing through the book.

My children love the illustrations and now my 2.5 year old wants a guitar for his birthday. They couldn’t agree on a favorite line so you’ll just have to read The Middle Child Blues to pick your own.

As mentioned, I am doing a giveaway. I was given an autographed copy of each book by the lovely Kristyn Crow (I don’t want to admit how long ago, but you know I’ve had a baby,  dealt with a daughter’s health issues, finished a book and moved) still, even with all my excuses this is long overdue.

Kristyn Crow’s website. Check out her other books Cool Daddy Rat, The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare and more.

Macky Pamintuan’s website. Macky illustrated Bedtime at the Swamp and he did  illustrations for Flat Stanley as well as Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew.

David Catrow’s website. David illustrated The Middle Child Blues and also  Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and lots of other fantastic books.

Giveaway details

More then one entry possible. If you enter more then once you can leave one comment telling us everything you did to enter.

1. Make a comment about your favorite bedtime story.

2. Tweet about our giveaway and leave a comment to tell us.

3. Like our Facebook page and leave us a comment to tell us.

4. Post our giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment to tell us.

Bookscoop’s giveaway is limited to the continental United States only. The winner will be randomly chosen and notified shortly after the close of the giveaway. The giveaway will close at midnight, MST, Saturday, January 19, 2013. First person chosen will win Bedtime at the Swamp. Second person will win The Middle Child Blues. We will make reasonable attempts to contact the winner, however if the winner cannot be contacted we reserve the right to randomly choose another winner.


  1. Meighan Stewart

    Great to see your blog, Holly! I will be back for more great book ideas as I am always on the lookout for a good read. Thanks!

  2. hollybookscoops

    I love both of these books! Bedtime at the swamp is one of my kids top picks for night time reading. And Middle Child Blues, makes my middle children feel special to have a book all about them, and my youngest and oldest feel left out because the book isn’t all about them- for once! They love it too though- it’s the perfect book for helping develop some empathy for the sibling you love to dominate.

  3. Tara Thomas

    At our house we love to read Mouse Mess and Chugga Chugga Choo Choo before bed.

  4. Aaron Fuhriman

    Posted on Facebook, Twitter and liked you on Facebook. =) There’s a Monster at the End of This Book is still my all time favorite. Can’t beat the classics!

  5. Tim Thomas

    Any book by Dr. Seuss are liked by all kids. We especially love Green Eggs and Ham. The kids practically have it memorized.

  6. Rebecca

    My favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

  7. Rebecca

    I tweeted and pinned this promo 🙂 and liked your Facebook page 🙂 And posted the promo on my wall.

  8. Becky

    Edward likes Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep.or any Mo Willems, and Evelyn likes the Brothers Grimm right now.

  9. Kim

    We LOVE the Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Chris has some great books for bedtime too, the Mr. McGee books and ‘If I built a car’. My kids love the illustrations, the stories and I love the rhyming meter!

  10. Laura H

    We love the Mercy Watson books too. And we just started a Dan Gutman book called Mrs Dole is out of control. It is making me laugh too

  11. caribookscoops

    Oooh I am getting excited to check out some of these titles. Thanks for visiting our blog.


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