But If They Do

By Carol-Ann Hoyte

A review of But If They Do by Bill Richardson

Published on April 1, 2003

But If They Do
Bill Richardson

Annick Press

“Nighty night, Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite,” says a father to his daughter as he tucks her in. His words, intended to settle her, set her active imagination in motion. The “But if they do” line of the rhyme leads the little girl to envision how she would battle the bedbugs if they did bite. Finally, the father invents a refrain which works slumber magic. Marc Mongeau’s lively watercolour illustrations succeed in making potentially scary characters comical in Bill Richardson’s rhyming tale. mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.

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