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Lights Out – A Wordless Picture Book

Lights Out - A Wordless Picture Book Review from All About Reading

I’m curious–do your kids like to go to bed at night, or do they actively resist “lights out”?

When I was a kid, I hated sleeping because it was an interruption to my busy day, and both of my kids were the same way. The neighbor kids, on the other hand, love to sleep, which seems really strange to me.

The young pig in Lights Out resists bedtime, and the trouble starts the moment the lights go out.

But the piglet has a plan. If he can just get the lights to go out after he’s fallen asleep, his problem will be solved and everyone will be happy.

So with his parents’ blessing, this industrious piglet gets to work. And what he creates is something to behold.

Lights Out - a Wordless Picture Book Review from All About Reading

The Delight of Lights Out

Lights Out isn’t your typical bedtime storybook, but then Arthur Geisert isn’t your typical children’s author. The intricate, detailed etchings that illustrate this nearly wordless picture book tell Piglet’s story so completely that words aren’t necessary.

Lights Out - a Wordless Picture Book Review from All About Reading

Piglet’s twenty-nine bedtime steps will entertain your child—and you—page by page, pulley by pulley, from the attic to the basement and back again. There are ropes to pull, dominoes to topple, wheels to turn, balls to bounce, and buckets to spill. Never before has a bedtime routine been so mesmerizing.

You’ll love counting down every single step until, finally—Lights Out.

Lights Out - a Wordless Picture Book Review from All About Reading

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Are your kids sleepers or sleep-resisters?

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Valerie

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I love wordless picture books! So much room for imagination.

Claire Carpenter

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We love wordless books! Thanks for this review :)

mindy warren

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I love wordless books. They are fun for everyone. The story always changes.

Pat McSweeney

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I love the stories the children tell when they read pictures books. This is perfect!

Stephanie Bolton

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I love picture books!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kerren Richey

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LOVE this! We certainly have this as an ongoing issue.

MicheleR

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As long as we read before bed my kids don’t seem to mind going to bed. I think they stay up later than I think reading on their own, however! :-)

Merry

says: Customer Service

I used to fall asleep reading–my brother would wake up in the night to go to the bathroom and come turn my lamp off!

Chana

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My kids are definitely sleep-resisters. Looks like a fun book!

Gena

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What fascinating illustrations!

Ambre

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My daughter has always fought sleep, and I think it’s because she is afraid she is going miss out on something! Cute book!

LauraJean Sword

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I have a 3 year old that is MAJORLY sleep-resistant! I wonder if it’s for the same reason as the author of this blog?….lol. But he LOVES to “read” books to me and his sisters :)

Pam

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During naps she is a sleep resister, but she loves to look at books in her bed!

Ann

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I’m down to only putting two of my six to bed. Some of the older ones stay up later than I do, but the two I do are of the sleep-resistant type, usually. I don’t mind as they’re my youngest and I enjoy our bedtime reading.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Yes, it’s hard to outlast my teens too! Enjoy those snuggles with your little ones :-)

Kristin C

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I have a sleeper and a resister both! The resister tries all she can to stay up, specifically reading and doodling in bed. Sometimes it’s just so hard to tell her to stop reading!

Tami D

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I have found that as my children get older they resist less about going to bed. We have a routine that they get into their beds and then they have reading time for a while before lights out, so their adventures continue!

Merry at AALP

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Cute! I remember telling mine they could stay up an extra 30 minutes reading–they loved reading in bed!

Jeannette Mills

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I have always been very good about bedtime routines and my youngest 2 go down very easily. My 4 year old has become much more difficult and has begun resisting sleep much, much more. My kids would all love this book though..the illustrations look wonderful!!

Shannon

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My girls are hands-down sleep-resisters! As the clock inches closer to bedtime, the sillier and more rambunctious they become. Some nights there are tears, other nights giggles can be heard from any point in the house. Once asleep, they sleep through the night…but waking up, that’s a completely different story!

DAWN THOMAS

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I have three children. Two of them do not give me much of a hassle, but my youngest one (6yo girl) gives me problems every single night!
She comes in and out of her room every 15-20 minutes, for 2+ hours.
She says; something is hurting, she needs a drink, she is hot, she is cold, she wants the light one, she doesn’t like what is on tv and so many others.
It drives me nuts!!

What a sweet book! We are blessed with an easy bedtime routine. :)

joanna e

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What a wonderful book this looks like! I will definitely have to check it out. Thank you for the suggestion!

Amy K

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My kids love to find any excuse to avoid bedtime :)

Emily

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It seems that I’m a lucky one with two kids who sleep well and rarely resist bed time. If they don’t go to sleep right away at least it’s fun to listen to them making each other giggle and singing together. They’re five and 16 months and best of friends.

jennifer s

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It depends upon the season: winters are a struggle, but summers are easy because they are so tired out by the end of the day from playing outside.

Nicole D.

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They often ask to go to bed!

Cindy Neeson

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My boys are definitely sleep resisters! of course I was the exact same way as a child, and my husband is still a night owl. where on earth did they get it from?? :)

Laureen

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My son takes after me… going to sleep is hard!

Jennifer Hunt

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My three year old hates to go to bed–just like I did as a child. I’ll see if the library has this book–she would love it!

Carrie R.

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My youngest has always been a sleeper and my oldest has always been a resister. Cute book, we’ll have to look out for it.

Andrea

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We love wordless picture books! This looks like a perfect one to add to our collection. My 7yo son struggles with bedtime – often looking through several stacks of books or listening to audio stories before falling asleep. Maybe this book would help – lol! 😉

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Instead of counting sheep, he could plan his own bedtime invention!

Jenni

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This looks like a cute book! Thankfully, bedtime is pretty calm here. As long as we allow some time with the lamp on to read first.

Jeren

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This looks like a fun book.

Liz Boles

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I love the idea that we can make up our own story to the pictures. My kids would love this!

Thanh

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Absolutely agree! Wordless picture books are fantastic in that it allows for any language level and can be used in any language of the storyteller!!!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Great points, Thanh!

Maria Peters

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My boys are a little bit of both. They are great sleepers after the fall asleep, but talking them into laying down in bed to rest and stop moving is where we tend to struggle. Although, I find that the older they get, the easier it is becoming.

Amy

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Good quality picture books are lovely short stories, beautifully illustrated — in other words, always age appropriate and heart touching.

Vera

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I think my boys would find this book hilarious!

Linda

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This book looks interesting.

Beth Twist

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great illustrations!

stacey

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love the illustrations!
my 5 yr. old reads books in bed every night. It helps her settle down and be ready to sleep.

Faith

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What wonderful illustrations!

Deborah Pellitteri

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My daughter has a hard time falling asleep and she would usually come out of her room with every excuse possible. We began letting her keep her bedside light on and she is able to stay up but she is only allowed to read. She feels grown up deciding when lights are out and she is reading more than she did. (She used to really resist reading).

Jo

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What a beautifully illustrated book – can’t wait to read this!

Looks fab

Beth

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great review

Dayahana

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My 5yo never wants to go to bed. He always says he’s not done with his day yet! There’s still more playing to be done!

kelly cooper

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we love reading at night and have since graduated to chapter books. It is a highlight of our evenings.

Jennifer Rumbaugh

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Great bedtime book!

Lori H

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This looks and sounds like a really nice bedtime book. Thanks for sharing :)

Britni N.

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My 3 year old usually doesn’t want to go to bed, but she never makes a big deal about it. Reading a story usually helps the bed time blues go away.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Hopefully this children’s book will be just the thing to chase away the bedtime blues! :)

Jessica

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Love the pictures!

Rachael

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This looks like a really fun bedtime book!

Rebekah

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That looks really cute!

Georgette H

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This looks like such a cute book! We have a mixture of kiddos – some who go to sleep easily and quickly at night and others who don’t. We usually refer to them as our night owls and early birds.

Tyanne Sylvestre

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Your program is working with my dyslexic child! Thank You!

Melissa Dunham

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My kids don’t like to go to bed. I think they feel that something is going to happen and they are going to miss it. But I do know that they love stories before bed, even my 10 year old.

Dawn Shirk

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My kids are definitely sleepers.

Jessica B.

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We’ve read another book by this author/illustrator. I can’t remember the name of it though. It was so sweet. I tell my kids they have to stay in bed but are allowed to stay awake as long as they want. They fall asleep relatively quickly :)

Eileen Winchester

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My 9 yr old doesn’t want to go to bed, but doesn’t put up a fight either. He knows the routine. My 19 mo. old, is definitely a sleep fighter at night. This looks like a really cute book!

Amy Smith

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Sounds like a great bedtime story! Luckily my kids are great at bedtime and sleep well.

Megan

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This looks like a great one to add to our library

Courtney

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My son would love this…not just the book, but a way to go to sleep with lights on!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Maybe this children’s book will bring out the Rube Goldberg machine-builder in your son, Courtney! :)

Natalie Bush

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I’ll have to check this book out from my local library! I have 4 children. My sons fall asleep almost immediately. My daughters on the other hand are the biggest sleep resisters I have ever known!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Hopefully this book can help with the sleep resistance at your house, Natalie!

Putting it on hold at the library now! What a lovely book for bedtime. Favorites of ours include The Going to Bed Book, Snuggle Puppy, Pajama Time. The aing aong nature of Sandra Boynton books are well received at our house.

*sing song. I haven’t had my coffee yet.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Sandra Boynton’s books are great fun! Thanks for the mention.

April Mauvis

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Great Book!

Trina Greene

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I am very excited to read this book with my daughter! We will be searching the public library for it!

L

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Great book. My kid hates edtime but enjooys reading.

Krista

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The illustrations in this book are beautiful. Our kids aren’t fans of bedtime either.

Carrie

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My kids have never given too much difficulty with bed time. We are not a very structured family but bedtime was always consistent which I feel is why they did not fight us on it.

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