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The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep -- however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere.

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8th June '16
I read it to Montymoo aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Poor Daddy Bear!! No sleep for him! Wonderful descriptions of the noises he encounters through the arduous process of getting to sleep!  "Shine Shine went the sun! "

Great book, my five year old adores it!  
13th July '18
I read it to PMK aged 7 aged 7 , to MAK aged 6 aged 6 & to DFK aged 4 aged 4
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One of default book that never fails to delight the children at bedtime. Our eldest loves this book so much she has a grand total of three copies. A sweet story going through lots of areas in the bid to get some sleep. 
19th February '18
I read it to Red Devil aged 11 aged 11 & to Eve aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I can relate to this story!! LOL. A great little story, very amusing and a light hearted read. x
15th November '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to Aby aged 6 aged 6 & to Laya aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A fantastic story about Mr Bear who cannot get any sleep . He moves to various rooms around the house trying to get some sleep.He finds it very difficult to sleep due to the noises around him.
This is one of my daughters favourite bedtime story. They adore this story very much.They love all the 
onomatopoeic words such as "Tick Tock, Tick Tock" , "Meow Meow" and "Cuckoo Cuckoo " . 
I'm glad my youngest one getting her early comprehension input through this story.
A must read book with perfect illustrations.
20th September '17
I read it to Livlovs aged 12 aged 12 & to gracieem aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
A wonderful story about poor Mr Bear who, try as he may, just cannot get to sleep.  It is richly illustrated and my children loved it!
23rd January '17
I read it to Sjs aged 4 aged 4 & to obp aged 6 months aged 0
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5 stars
Fantastic book which my 3 year old loves. We first started using this book in his speech therapy lessons, it has lots of sounds for young children to make such as tick tick from the clock.
 He has picked up on the sounds and enjoys making the sounds as we turn each page.

It's a great little story about a daddy bear who can't get to sleep and trys sleeping in different places to try and get some sleep. My son finds it's funny and we read it often. 
23rd May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This was one of my all time favourite books as a child! Would highly recommend any child reads it 
9th January '17
PMK read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is my most favourite book ever, Mummy used to read it to me when I was younger, but now I can read it to myself, or share it with my younger brother and sister at bedtime.

I like this book so much, I have three copies! I like all of the different places Mr Bear goes to, and all of the different sounds. Mummy thinks that the book did not need the final page of the book, and it should have finished on the page that said 'peace at last' but I love all of the pages.
14th February '17
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A wonderful story that most parents can relate to; Mr Bear cannot get any sleep and it doesn’t matter where he goes he still hears noise. There is good repetition like: Tick Tock Tick Tock, Cuckoo Cuckoo, my daughter loves joining in with this. The illustrations are truly wonderful, I love the expressions on Mr. Bear's face he looks a lot like myself every morning! A classic book that all children will love and enjoy.
31st May '17
I read it to Spidey1 aged 3 aged 3 & to Ayaan15 aged 7 aged 7
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I feel so sorry for daddy bear. This is a really good story my mummy reads the story to all of us and we love it. My baby brother reads this 2 or 3 times on 1 week he still loves it.
26th February '18
LA12 read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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This has always been one of our favorite books to read together and now Leo enjoys reading it to me. He likes making the sounds for each of the things that keep Mr Bear awake throughout the story. The classic illustrations are beautiful too. 
18th March '16
I read it to Babybookworm aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This was my favourite book when I was little (I'm now 33) and it is fast becoming one of my daughter's favourites. She started to make noises from the book before she was properly starting to talk and now she can quote big chunks of it and does so regularly!
The narrative is simple but engaging and has repetitive parts which brings the story together without getting boring.
A favourite of mine to read aloud as well as for my daughter to listen too.
7th February '17
I read it to Addie aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
An absolute classic tale. Addie loves this story, the pictures are lovely and she likes to spot little details in them. The book has lots of sound words which make it really fun to read out loud. 
11th April '16
Charliechuc read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
my mummy read this to me last night, its about a bear who cant go to sleep. The book makes me sleepy as it shows you the bear yawning which makes me tired. Its a good book for bedtime. I like this story and its in my favourites list.
10th September '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9 & to Leia aged 7 aged 7
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I feel like I'm the only one getting older while this book remains timeless. Everytime I read it, I can't help but make all the different noises, the snoring, the plane flying, the clock ticking noise. The children never seem to tire of listening to it although they have both heard it so many times. A total classic picture book. 
26th July '17
I read it to Class aged 6 aged 6
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What a wonderful story! Read myself as a child and now reading to my class. Children find it very amusing with only a few feeling sorry for Daddy surprisingly! A must read classic.
15th August '18
Moorend read it themselves aged 4 to 7
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5 stars
The children at school just love this book and can identify with the mother needing peace. It is a book that the children like to join in with and find the story very memorable. The illustrations are lovely. A great fun ending too, the children love the humour in this .
22nd December '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is a fantastic classic that I remember from my own childhood! It tells of the long night and various  challenges poor Daddy Bear faces when he struggles to fall asleep.

The story offers the opportunity for lots of exaggeration and noise-making (Tick-Tock; Cuckoo-Cuckoo to name a couple) which kept my toddlers engaged throughout. There's an excellent use of language - such as "shine, shine went the sun", which is one of the loveliest phrases I've read in a children's book! 

The illustrations are beautiful and complement the story: they are wonderful to examine in detail and discuss.

An absolute must-have for the book shelf.
5th July '16
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
It's bedtime and everyone's asleep apart from Daddy Bear.. Mummy Bear's snoring, Little Bear is making aeroplane sounds (although does go to sleep), the kitchen fridge is buzzing and the tap is dripping, the clock is ticking in the lounge... he just needs somewhere quiet and peaceful.... which he eventually finds when its time to get up. It's going to be a long day. Love this book - strikes the right note with mum's of toddlers - you're exhausted yet when you go to bed cannot sleep as you're busy thinking about everything you need to do tomorrow! Lots of nice noise sounds and vocab. One of my daughter's favourites.
23rd September '17
I read it to Graceclark aged 8 aged 8 & to Archieclark aged 5 aged 5
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When daddy bear cant get to sleep he goes on a wander through the house.... will he ever get to sleep. Although i'm sure most mummys would agree this should have mummy and daddy bear swap places.

A great book, that is picked by my children night after night for bedtime reading.
28th February '17
I read it to Emarson aged 4 aged 4 & to Eamarson aged 1 aged 1
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After loving this book as a child, I was delighted wen my MIL gave it to us for the boys.  

Luckily I love the book as the youngest child loves having it read to him over and over.  He enjoys copying the noises in the book and there are lots of them!  Poor daddy bear just can't sleep in any room due to a different noise.  Snoring, playing, household appliances - and I thought my nights sleep was bad.  

However although sleep may not be on the agenda, he at least has a loving (loud snoring) wife bringing him an early morning cup of tea! 
24th November '18
I read it to Mia582 aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Such a great bedtime story. Our daughter likes to repeat the sounds,helpful teaching a child to read due to the repeating words. 
I used to read this to the children my mum childminded, so I love reading it to our daughter
22nd August '18
I read it to I.A.Holmes aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This was my daughters favourite book when she was about 2 years old. I could tell the story without even having to read the pages I'd had to read it so many times to her. It follows Mr Bears attempt to sleep with wonderful colourful pictures and my daughter loves to do all the sound effects of the alarm clock etc. Such a classic for the younger child and always make me smile when I see it.
4th October '16
I read it to mynameselise aged 11 months aged 0
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We read this to our daughter every single night when she is in her cot and ready to sleep. My husband knows it off by heart now! She loves hearing it, and loves that it is part of her bedtime routine. She smiles along and settles down towards the end. Beautifully written, and the pictures are wonderful.
6th April '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
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I remember my grandma reading this one to me so I was very excited to find it again. It proved just as appealing to my daughter who loved the sounds throughout and by the end was joining in with the repeated lines. A funny and simple story that we have enjoyed over and over. 
22nd September '16
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 3 aged 3
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A favourite of mine since I was little. My brought it for my 3 year old daughter a few months ago and it's a firm favourite of my daughters too. We have the hard back version, it's great because it's hard wearing. 
A great bedtime story about a family of bears who go to bed but daddy bear can't sleep so he tries many different places to sleep but in each place he experiences noises that keep him awake. 
My daughter loves it when we read the noises like snore, drip and nyaaow. 
Highly recommend this book, it's a great story and has great pictures. We keep this book for years to come!
13th January '15
I read it to Noah16 aged 8 aged 8 , to Jacob06 aged 6 aged 6 , to Poppy27 aged 2 aged 2 & to Edenham Nursery Room aged 2 to 4
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5 stars
This is a fantastic picture book, great for Toddlers and Preschoolers. The narrative is simple and easy for little ones to follow and the length is just right. The story follows Mr Bear as he tries to go to sleep but is keeper awake by lots of different noises. There are repetitive phrases perfect for encouraging little ones to join in as my little girl did. My little girl enjoys all the narrative sound words in this book, they capture and keep children's attention when read aloud and my Little one finds it very amusing when I pretend to be Mrs Bear snoring or Baby Bear pretending to be an aeroplane.
15th October '18
I read it to AnnabelleGG aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is our go to book when my daughter is a bit fidgety...she loves the pictures and repetition of the story and when we make all the noises of the noisy things around the house and garden.  It has short sentences and easy to read- a lovely tale of when you just can't get to sleep.
22nd September '16
I read it to Ruby_Mc aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We love reading this over and over again. I have to say, I really feel for Daddy bear....The repeated refrain is easy for kids to learn and helps them to feel involved in the story.
17th February '18
I read it to Crouch twins aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
I actually think this is one of my favourite books to read to my son's. They think it's really funny and it's all very relatable for them. They love all the sounds and we do them together. I read this when I was a child and that makes it even more special. 
22nd October '16
I read it to Sophie27 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Fantastic classic story, I read this to my daughter regularly she loves the humour and trying out the different sounds.  We always read this at the nursery I work out to explore sounds and family relations!
19th November '18
I read it to Lucielocket aged 6 aged 6 & to Mollie aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My youngest daughter loves this she can remember it all. She can read it herself. She thinks it’s so funny 
17th October '16
I read it to Eloise aged 3 aged 3
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We love how descriptive the sounds are, means you can have fun reading it!
13th September '16
I read it to ToyStoryTot aged 4 aged 4 & to TwinkleBubs aged 1 aged 1
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This is exactly what you want for a brilliant bedtime story. Beautiful illustrations, simple narrative with repetition that even a young child will begin to recall and join in with too. This is and has always has been a favourite of my 4 year old, since he was a baby. He loves all the silly sounds and us parents can totally relate to the mounting frustration of Mr Bear when he can't sleep....although in my world it's usually Mr Bear snoring and me seeking the respite of sleep ;)
9th August '18
I read it to lilbratz aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
I absolutely love this book, and totally feel daddys pain! 

Zoe loves this, the simplistic but great story line, the colourful pictures. its a firm favourite in our house! 
30th October '18
I read it to Iris aged 3 aged 3 , to Beth aged 13 aged 13 , to Lily aged 8 aged 8 & to Ellis aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I have loved this book since my teenage daughter was little! Its a firm favourite in our house to this day. It brings back so many lovely memories of bedtimes and fun from reading this to all of my children. Lovely book, beautifully written. Funny and clever with aspects of real life!
1st April '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A sweet and simple but very endearing book. Poor old Daddy Bear just can't get a good night's sleep and searches for a peaceful place to get the shut-eye which alludes him. There are few words per page and really lovely illustrations making this a fantastic bedtime book for the very youngest children. It's one we keep going back to at bedtime and my daughter seems to have find the familiarity very reassuring. 
18th September '17
I read it to Sebbytris aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Used to love reading this book as a child. Was happy when my child got given this as a present. He loved it. I feel for the daddy he just cannot get to sleep. Great for a bedtime book
5th December '16
I read it to Skye aged 3 aged 3 & to Rocky aged 3 aged 3
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Poor Mr Bear! All he wants to do is sleep but a variety of noises conspire to prevent him from dropping off! Absolutely perfect bedtime story to cuddle up with. 
8th November '16
I read it to Noah aged 6 aged 6 & to Flynn aged 3 aged 3
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This is a lovely book which I remember reading when I was younger. It's great to be able to read it to my children now. Mr. Bear can't sleep. It's very late and Mrs. Bear is snoring and Baby Bear is playing so Mr. Bear can't find any peace. He tries the living room which has a noisy clock. Then the kitchen but with a dripping tap and a noisy fridge he is really struggling to get any rest. Will Mr. Bear ever find peace at last? We loved this book and would definitely recommend it.
8th November '16
I read it to Jdixon aged 3 aged 3
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This was one of my favourite stories as a child and I now enjoy reading it with my son. It is a sweet story about Mr. bear who moves from room to room but can't sleep because there's always a noise keeping him awake. My son loves making all the noises with me and finds the story funny. It has a cute ending and is very enjoyable to read over and over again.
2nd April '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We thought this a very funny story, my 3 year old likes to join in with all the noises and asks lots of questions about why Mr Bear can't sleep. The repetitive writing is great for toddlers but not too annoying for the adult reading! 
12th July '18
I read it to M1m1louise aged 8 aged 8 , to O11ie aged 8 aged 8 , to Georgepickle aged 2 months aged 0 & to Henn aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
As a family we loved this book. Easy to keep entertaining, everyone joined in with sound effects of snoring and dripping. The children felt it was just like dad, except in this house he snores!
22nd May '17
I read it to KeeratKT aged 2 aged 2
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It's late at night and Mr Bear is desperately trying to sleep--but Mrs Bear snores so he tries Baby Bear's room, but Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane so there's no peace there. Room by room Mr Bear goes through the house trying to find somewhere to sleep. This is a lovely book with bright, colourful pictures and wonderful sound effects. Parents will have plenty of empathy for poor Mr Bear too, as we've all been there! I love the connection to Goldilocks and the three bears as it reads very similarly. 
22nd June '17
I read it to Laceywarrilow28 aged 6 aged 6 , to Keirawaddell8 aged 8 aged 8 , to Davidwarrilow1 aged 3 aged 3 & to Jackwarrilow18 aged 1 aged 1
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We absolutely love reading this book. 
The kids join in with the repeating words and follow the story. It's a simple story about Mr bear and the things that are keeping him awake. It's beautifully illustrated and perfect for all round family reading. 
10th March '17
EAJ06 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I Loved this book when I was little!
I would recommend it to children who like to laugh.
#BrilliantBook 
13th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
This story is about a Bear who can't get to sleep and tried everything he can to get comfy and fall asleep. Its funny book and my little ones enjoyed it.
14th July '18
I read it to Gymnastjay aged 5 aged 5 & to Year 1kw aged 5 to 6
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4 stars
A lovely story about a daddy bear who just can’t sleep! Lots of noises stop him so he tries different places to sleep. A lot of repetition and familiar noises make it relatable for young children. The pictures are lovely too. 
9th June '16
I read it to Deedawg aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
A book I can really relate to! Poor Mr Bear just can't get to sleep! I love this book and so does my daughter. As a teacher I've also used it to teach Primary pupils the topic of sound as each place Mr Bear tries to sleep has a new irritating noise attached to it! I love the repetition, the simplicity and the beautiful illustrations. It's a wonderful bed time story leaving your little ones tucked in, relishing in that last line....'Peace at last....!' 
8th May '18
I read it to Avis-Wraight aged 4 to 10
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4 stars
My 4 year old loves this book! We don't have it at home, but she picks it from our local toddler group every week for me to read to her! A nice story, she enjoys looking at the pictures.
9th April '18
I read it to joshgok aged 7 aged 7 & to JakeGOK aged 5 aged 5
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We quite liked this book about the Bear family who all go to bed, but Daddy can't sleep! Mummy's snoring keeps him away, baby makes noises in his crib, the clock ticks, the tap drips and the owls hoot!!  We liked reading about the familiar noises, the repetition of some words was good for my youngest too and the pictures were nice.  Quite a funny story and true to life too (poor Dad!).  

You could use this book to support EYFS learn about sequencing, and timing. 
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Born on 5th July 1949, Jill Murphy is a British writer and illustrator of children's books, best known for The Worst Witch stories and The Large Family picture books.
 
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