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The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

Do things go totally nuts at your kid's bedtime? Bedtime at the Nut House might be for your family. Its a catchy bedtime adventure that invites readers to chime in and join the nutty hijinks. Written by Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes) and illustrated by Scott Magoon.

Then Hazel and Wally kept singing their tune.

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House
By Eric Litwin

This is just plain nuts.

I don't know how it is at your house, but bedtime for my two young boys is nuts

Me: "Brush your teeth! Pajamas! Its quiet time now."
My boys: "DANCE PARTY!!"

Familiar? Then Eric Litwin's (Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes) Bedtime at the Nut House might be for your family. Its a very catchy bedtime adventure that invites readers to chime in and join the nutty hijinks.

You can read more about the Nut family at their very own website. Also, be sure to check out the other books in this three-book series, Sing and Dance in your Polka Dot Pants and The Nuts Keep Rolling.

THE NUTS: BEDTIME AT THE NUT HOUSE, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is available from Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Wal-Mart and your local independent bookseller. Be sure to check out the totally rocking interactive eBook version as well, only at the Apple iBooks store for use on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

Find this book at your library, Amazon, B&N or your local independent bookstore via IndieBound.



  • A Scholastic Book Club selection.
  • Apple selected Bedtime at the Nut House eBook as a Best of 2014
  • 2014 ABC (American Booksellers Association) Best Books Selection for Early Readers. 
  • Nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award
  • Society of Illustrators The Original Art 2014 juried show acceptance.
  • Publisher's Weekly had the scoop on this book in a nutshell. Read all about it here.
  • The Boston Globe ran a story about a nut (me).
  • Here's a nutty article about Nut House author Eric Litwin.

"In this fun, familiar story, it is bedtime, but the kids aren't ready to go down yet. Big Mama Nut tries to get little Hazel and Wally into bed, but they are too busy using their imaginations to be astronuts, playing and singing, "We're Nuts! We're Nuts! We're Nuts." Finally, Mama gives them THE LOOK, and the little ones resolve to settle down. Needless to say, nutty puns abound, some of which may go over the heads of young readers but will surely amuse older kids. Magoon's bright, digital illustrations complement the text to a tee. Pair this perfect storytime read with Marcus Pfister's Bertie at Bedtime (NorthSouth, 2010). Children will ask for it again and again.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX —School Library Journal

"Hazel and Wally Nut, anthropomorphic nuts who live in an impressive tree house with their parents, have no interest in bedtime. They prefer to stay up playing, dancing, howling at the moon, and singing "We're nuts! We're nuts! We're nuts," ignoring Mama Nut's increasingly stern request: "All little Nuts need to go to bed." Magoon's (Spoon) digital illustrations create a boisterous world for the Nut family to inhabit (their home features a ball pit and an observatory), and Mama's "coif" lends her a particularly authoritative presence as she gives her little nuts "the look." Pete the Cat author Litwin leans heavily on nut-related puns (while Wally and Hazel pretend to be astronauts, an off-stage voice announces, "Houston, we have a praline!" as Hazel plants a flag for the "Unutted States"), which give the book a fairly one-note brand of humor as it makes its way to a reassuring bedtime conclusion. Readers can listen to and/or download Litwin's bluesy spoken-sung performance of the book and two additional songs at Ages 3–6. Author's agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House." Publisher's Weekly

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

Crafts & Activities

Promotional Videos

In this live performance video, author Eric Litwin introduces our new book and teaches some nutty dance moves...I'm totally working in his Baboon moves into my own repertoire!

I love this trailer oh-so-much—be sure to have your sound turned on so that you can hear author Eric Litwin's catchy tune!

Behind the Scenes

Here are some sketches I created while working on Bedtime at the Nut House.