Normally, Daily Geekette does not review children’s picture books. Normally, children’s books are not this awesome and catered to our specific audience. Bedtime for Batman is a picture book by Michael Dahl. The book tells the story of a little boy going to bed on one page. On the opposite page, it parallels the boy’s life to Batman’s life of crime fighting.
Bedtime for Batman is such a sweet book, with a perfect hook to get little ones interested in wrapping up the day. One example of the parallel between a child’s bedtime and Batman is cleaning up at the end of the day. The little boy is seen putting his toys away. Batman has a few villains in handcuffs. The metaphors are simple, and each time the boy’s evening routine is likened to heroism, I couldn’t help but “awwww” out loud.
Ethen Beavers provided the adorable art for this book. It is incredibly reminiscent of my generation’s Caped Crusader, Batman: The Animated Series. I can definitely see many of my friends purchasing this book as a baby shower gift so that the next generation can grow up on these ideals.
My wish is that this book is so successful, they come out with a whole series. Here are some titles I would be more than willing to lend to DC and Dahl: Lights Out, Green Lantern; Night-Night Nightwing; Sleepy Time for Super Girl; and Catnap for Catwoman.