You Have Entered…The Bedtime Zone. (Now Enter to Win!!!)

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge… It is an area which we call…THE BEDTIME ZONE.” — (very nearly) Rod Serling


How do you know? How do you know when the fun and games are over and you’re about to step into…The Bedtime Zone? I asked the EMUS!

Andrea Wang says,”You know you’re in the bedtime zone when you start cackling like the Wicked Witch of the West and your kids start zooming around  and wreaking havoc like flying monkeys.”


or, “…when your kids’ argument about whether Gandalf would beat Dumbledore becomes so heated that you would personally chew off Frodo’s finger just to possess the One Ring to control them all.”



Janet Fox’s cues are more cozy. She knows it’s time for nighty-night, “…when I start dropping stitches in my knitting. Or knitting the wrong pattern. Always a signal.”giphy-7

Elly Swartz says, “Just before the big snooze is generally the battle between nodding off and popping awake. A battle that I undoubtedly lose.” Just like this crazy-cute duckling:giphy-4

Maybe Katie Slivensky wishes someone would just tell her when enough is enough. “I know I’m in the Bedtime Zone when even procrastinating on the internet takes more effort than I can muster.”

Take if from Tina Fey, Katie:


When Carole Gerber drops her book and  startles awake enough to turn out the light, she knows she’s done for the day. giphy-9

I have a better way! Get yourself a copy of Mylisa Larsen’s adorable debut picture book, HOW TO PUT YOUR PARENTS TO BED. It’s guaranteed to turn THE BEDTIME ZONE into a giggly, cuddly, drift-into-dreamland piece of cake. Young readers and overtired, cranky parents alike won’t be able to resist its sweetly soporific siren call! How To Put Your Parents To Bed Cover

Comment on this post, or share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #PutParents2Bed, to be entered to win a copy of the book and a gift certificate for pajamas from Lazy One!!! See the official rules here: The contest will run until April 1.

Find out more about Mylisa and her books here and order your own copy of HOW TO PUT YOUR PARENTS TO BED here.



Gravatar Hayley Barrett’s debut picture book, BABYMOON, is coming from Candlewick Press. She has a pet chicken that lives at her friend’s house. Said chicken will someday be the subject of a picture book.


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13 responses to “You Have Entered…The Bedtime Zone. (Now Enter to Win!!!)

  1. Hayley, what a fun group you are. Bedtime must be a riot when staying over with an EMU. This is a great book–one for kids and their parents.

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  2. You all make me laugh. Bedtime anarchy, Emu style.

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  3. You all have such enviably calm households! I’m going to send you my flying monkeys!

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  4. When I’m in the bedtime zone, words that make sense in my head are not what comes out of my mouth, it is suspiciously similar to when I’m in the middle of edits 🙂

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  5. mariagianferrari

    Hilarious post, Hayley! I’ve adapted to the rhythms of my night owl husband and daughter. Maybe I should join Becca and start snoozing early ;).


  6. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Those are some scary GIFs Hayley!
    Except for the duckling. I heart the duckling.


  7. What fun! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Carleen M. Tjader

    Great fun! Loved the sleepy little duck!


  9. This looks fun. Would love to review it for my readers, if I won. Count me in!


  10. This looks to be an entertaining read. 🙂 I’ve tweeted about it.


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