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Jimmy ‘Giggle’ Rees leaps from the screen to the page with Bedtime Sorted!, his rip-roaring debut picture book illustrated by Briony Stewart.

As the beloved star of iconic ABC Kids TV show Giggle and Hoot, which filmed for 11 years and is still broadcast today, Jimmy captured the hearts of generations of Australian kids—not to mention their parents. Since the pandemic hit, his hilarious videos parodying ‘The guy who decides packaging’ and ‘Meanwhile in Australia’ have kept Aussies laughing throughout lockdown, making him one of the most-viewed Australian TikTok personalities with views across Jimmy’s social media channels in any given week outnumbering Aussies watching television!

Bedtime Sorted! riffs off one of Jimmy’s most popular parenting videos about the bedtime excuses that families everywhere will know all too well.

Collaborator Briony Stewart’s vibrant illustrations brilliantly amplify the humour of this book, featuring Mum (duck), Dad (beaver), kids (platypuses) and pet (lizard, naturally), with plenty of funny Easter eggs for parents hidden throughout.


Meet the author


Media machine

Jimmy is a media darling and we’ll be working him hard with a major publicity campaign on release. He’ll promote the book through prime time TV coverage including The Project, Sunrise, ABC News Breakfast and more, not to mention extensive commercial radio and metro news interviews across print and digital.

Bedtime Sorted! will also be seen plenty across Jimmy’s own social media channels, which have a combined reach of 1.1 million dedicated fans.


The story

Who said bedtime was hard? Dad’s got bedtime sorted! Lenny and the twins have a bath without water spilling over, brush their teeth without toothpaste spraying onto the mirror, and go to sleep straight after their story. Perfect!

Dad can finally settle down to his dinner. But then—

My pyjamas don’t match!

I’m too cold! I’m too hot!

The window is making funny noises!

I’m not tired!

Hilarious, warm-hearted and oh so relatable, Bedtime Sorted! is the rollicking debut from Australia’s most exciting new picture book duo.


About the author

Having spent a decade on the ABC’s flagship children’s program Giggle and Hoot as Jimmy Giggle, Jimmy Rees has become a household name, synonymous with having fun, feeling good and showing family life as he experiences it.

A regular on Australian television, Jimmy’s affable charm and spectacular wit has seen him become a multi-generational favourite, and one of the most-watched social media personalities of 2021.

Jimmy lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children. This is his debut children’s book.


About the illustrator

The daughter of an artist and a scientist, Briony Stewart grew up with a fascination for examining the world and capturing or reimagining it in words and drawings.

She wrote her first, award-winning children’s book, Kumiko and the Dragon, in her final year of university and has since continued to work professionally as both an author and illustrator of children’s books.

Now an artist married to a scientist, Briony is re-examining the world through the eyes of her two young children. She works from a studio at the back of a children’s bookshop in her beloved port city of Fremantle, WA.


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