I Don’t Want to Go to Bed is a ridiculously cute storybook about a little boy named Larry who doesn’t want to, uh, go to bed. Its Swedish title is Jag vill inte ga och lagga mej (1947) and was translated by Barbara Lucas and illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
Larry has a lot of energy. Aunt Lottie who lives upstairs offers Larry a look through her glasses. They are magic glasses and through them, Larry can watch animals get ready for bed. He watches a little bear going to sleep, then he watches a family of mischievous rabbits settle in (eventually) to sleep, then baby birds, then squirrels. Through their examples, Larry is inspired to not be a total butthead about going to sleep.
Yep. It’s pretty darn adorable.
This is an apt description of Larry: When his mother says, “It’s bedtime,” Larry says, “I just have to build a garage for my car,” or “I just have to draw a picture of a tiny little man.” And then he just has to jump off the kitchen table four times and pick at the little hole in his sock to see if it can get any bigger and hide behind the rocking chair to see if Mom can find him.