Beep Beep Beep Time for Sleep! by Claire Freedman

Beep Beep Beep Time for Sleep!

Written by Claire Freedman
Illustrated by Richard Smythe

3+ readers   Bedtime Reading   Baby and Toddler   
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This book will be heaven for digger devotees, and a dream come true for their parents too. A busy day on the motorway is drawing to a close: the various vehicles have been working hard – tipper truck, concrete mixer, backhoe loader et al – but now it’s time for the roadwork building friends to head for bed. As the bright lights of the motorway are swapped for the quiet blues and purples of a nightime sky, and the vehicles tucked up in their yard, readers too will be put in the mood for snuggling down. Claire Freedman clearly understands the music of the trucks as well as any young fan and with its cast of bright but realistically described and illustrated vehicles this is the ideal bedtime book for machine-mad youngsters. ~ Andrea Reece


Beep Beep Beep Time for Sleep! by Claire Freedman

A team of sleepy vehicles make their way home from a busy day constructing a new motorway... Best-selling author Claire Freedman creates another beautifully lyrical bedtime story as we join a group of sleepy road-building machines in their night-time routine. Coupled with bright imagery from Richard Smythe, and onomatopoeic interludes, Beep Beep Beep Time For Sleep! is the ideal read for any child’s bedtime wind-down.


Praise for Claire Freedman’s Underpants series:

“Can’t fail to elicit a giggle.” Independent on Sunday

“A bright and funny rhyming book that should bring out squeals of delight from toddlers.” Daily Telegraph

“The whole family will be reciting it after one reading.” The Sun

About the Author

Claire Freedman

Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She has worked for the BBC, Harrods and for a reprographic company and now writes full-time. She is the author of a number of books for children, including A Kiss Goodnight, Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones and On This Special Night with Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside and, when she can, travelling abroad.

Claire discovered her love of writing for children after joining a local writing group – which she still enjoys attending regularly. She began by writing stories and picture strips for comics including Twinkle, Pingu and Sesame Street, before trying her hand at picture books.

Q&A with Claire Freedman

Where do you continue to get your inspiration from?

It’s not always easy to get new ideas, but usually something small will spark me off. It might be something someone says or does, or even a display in a shop window! Anything and everything can inspire me!

Your picture book Cuddle Bear is absolutely gorgeous. Are there times when you just really need a hug? If there’s nobody around at the time what do you do instead of a hug?

EVERYBODY needs hugs - that’s why it’s good to have Cuddle Bear around! If there’s no one around when I need a cheer up hug, I usually find my way to the extremely lovely store of chocolate bars in my kitchen!

Was there anyone or anything that inspired Cuddle Bear? Do you still have an old bear from when you were younger?

Cuddle Bear was inspired totally by my own teddy bear, Mr Cuddles. My husband, Michael, gave Mr Cuddles to me before we were married. Mr Cuddles has become quite a character in our house – which has led to the storyline!!! Of course he is now over the moon at being published and has insisted I buy him a diamond for his tooth and some celebrity shades!

What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I loved Winnie the Pooh.

If you had one piece of advice you could give to yourself when you were starting out as a writer, what would it be?

Believe in myself.

What’s the best thing about being a picture book author?

Hearing how much children (and adults!) have enjoyed my books, and that it adds to that special family time together.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

11th February 2016




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