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Mortimer Paperback – May 1 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; 40 edition (May 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920303110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920303115
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Mortimer is the story] of a little boy who won't go to sleep at night and who drives his family crazy with his rowdiness ... [It] reads as though it was written by a parent driven frantic by one of the contemporary but compulsive stages of childrearing ... [It is] of tremendous appeal to kids and parents at the same stage. (Globe and Mail)

About the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.


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Written in 1971 by Robert Munsch, published in 1985, another book I remember in my youth. Its about a boy who just wont go to sleep at night and drives his entire family crazy by his singing “Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang ...”

My kids love the full page colourful illustration that is just full of things happening. They spend the time on each page and look around in the small detail. My young one points at the ball in the corner, teddy bear sitting on the dresser in one of the pages. Now as an adult, I can relate more ... "GO TO SLEEP!"
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What kid wouldn't love this book? In my music classroom, half of the kids play the stair climbing sound effects on the xylophones, while the others take on the roles of Mortimer, Mortimer's father, mother, brothers and sisters, and police. Lots of fun and I'll guarantee they'll understand the concepts of upward and downward melodic direction when you're done! Plan to laugh a lot!
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A favorite childhood memory is one of the human experiences that people will contain in their hearts forever. In my situation as a child, one of my esteemed memories is reading before bed with my parents. The book that I made them read to me numerous times was Mortimer by Robert Munsch, so I concluded that it was my favorite book. In Mortimer when his family and the cops argue with each other about his annoying habit, they leave him without attention and Mortimer eventually falls asleep. This would show to an ignorant child to be selfless and that some battles will eventually solve themselves. In all of the stories I have ever read, it is not the theme itself that is genuine, but it is the style that Robert writes through to relate it to the audience. He relates the theme to something that is realistic, but combines it with fictitious scenes to constitute humor and keep the reader entertained. He uses parents telling Mortimer to be quiet to represent reality, and uses an unrealistic number of siblings and the use of cops to create the fiction. Another approach he takes to capture the reader is using onomatopoeia. This devises a way for kids to be imaginative and included in the action of the story, and even myself am captured by the wit.
In my home I own almost every one of Robert Munsch’s first publishing's. This is because his books were humorous and relative to myself. I consider Mortimer one of my favorites because I looked for attention and never wanted to go to sleep as a child as well, so I comprehend to the plot. My mom singing the song to me is another cheerful recollection of my childhood. His books are compiled with such ingenuity that disregarding them is a difficult task for almost anyone.
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I loved this book when I was a child and now my 2 year old son wants me to read it every night before bed. He reads a long with me (as much as he can) 'Mortimer, be QUIET!'
This is a GREAT bedtime book that allows you to make up silly voices and even sing a song. What a great way to end your day and spend quality time with your kids. I recommend this book to children between the ages of 2-7.
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"MORTIMER" combines a familiar and hilarious story with a repetitive format that always appeals to my kindergarten students. Each year, I read "MORTIMER" to my class. We follow up with choral reading and creative dramatics. Students are selected to portray Mortimer, Mom, Dad and the two police officers. Other classmates double as the seventeen brothers & sisters, and the audience. Everyone 'thumps' up & down the stairs and sings the refrain. My students read and reread this beloved book. Thanks to Robert Munsch and Mortimer, I am able to foster a lifelong love of literature. "MORTIMER" is a staple in our classroom library.
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When my husband reads this story to our sons (2 and 4), he thumps the wall with his hand or foot whenever someone is coming up or going down the stairs. The resulting giggles are delightful. Our 4 year old sings Mortimer's song, and our 2 year old claps and cheers after every performance is over. It is pure magic in our house.

The boys are so wound up after reading this book, they won't go to sleep. So Mortimer has to be read early in their story-time hour.
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One of the joys of having children is that they demand a nighttime story (well, mine did). So when they fall in love with a book that also appeals to the parent having to read it, its a win-win in my opinion!

Mortimer (like most stories by Robert Munch) is cute and quirky and wonderfully illustrated. The best part is that you won't get bored reading it to your children over, and over, and over, and over.....
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This book is great for helping music educators teach direction of pitch. I love to use it with a tone bell ladder or other instrument that actually shows the high and low pitches. The children LOVE to play up and down the ladder as Mortimer travels up and down the stairs. There are many giggles as we play. The children can certainly relate to the story!
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