R.A. Spratt, The ultimate collection of brilliant bedtime stories, Puffin, August 2023, 176 pp., RRP $22.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781761340017
The Ultimate Collection of Brilliant Bedtime Stories by R. A. Spratt is a delightful collection of 28 brilliantly silly bedtime stories. Many of the stories are based on classics, such as ‘Chicken Little-Brain’ and ‘The Twelve Dancing Pigscesses’, retold by Nanny Piggins (the world’s most glamourous flying pig turned nanny) with unexpected twists and a healthy dose of nonsense. There is also a new Friday Barnes mystery and Tall Tales based on the author’s real life. At the perfect bedtime length, each story also includes a Fun Fact related to the tale. A pronunciation guide, map and recipes give the stories further context.
You can listen to R.A. Spratt reading these stories (as well as others) on her popular podcast Bedtime Stories with R.A. Spratt.
This collection is a great choice for kids aged 7-11, with R. A. Spratt’s lovely dedication to parents and carers reinforcing the collection’s power to help families make happy memories by reading together.
Reviewed by Laura Holloway