Fred gets into all kinds of trouble in an effort to avoid bed and dog lovers may find themselves nodding in agreement. Interestingly, I found myself nodding along not because of dogs but because Fred's antics so closely resemble E when he's in a cheeky mood. On such nights E, like Fred, will try all manner of tactics to avoid bed: playing with trains, demanding a ridiculous number of books and finally jumping into my bed and hiding instead of snuggling down in his own room. Admittedly, I find Fred a lot funnier than E!
The illustrations are magnificent and the story is fun yet sparse. The short narrative may appeal even more to the under 3's. Yasmeen Ismail is a wonderful artist in her own right and there is lots more to see on her website and in this lovely short video showing her painting Fred.