The day is long for a cat with a stroller full of kittens, a baby sailing a boat on the sea, the man in the moon, and a frog who has been hopping all day in the heat. It's time for everyone to lie down and rest. One by one, each sleepy critter finds a place in which to curl up for the night. "Hushabye hushabye hush."
Award-winning author-illustrator John Burningham has created a perfect bedtime book for sleep-resistant children. The rhythmic repetition of "hushabye" lulls readers into contentment, and the oh-so-sleepy-eyed baby, fish, goose, frog, and others will soon have young ones rubbing their eyes as well. Burningham's dreamy, scratchy line drawings against rich, densely colored backgrounds are strikingly beautiful. Each one is worthy of its own frame. Two-page spreads feature the full-color illustrations on one side, with text and a related line drawing on the other side. Burningham has written and illustrated more than 20 eye-catching books for kids, including Cloudland, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, and Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
In a simple narrative featuring intermittent rhyme, Burmingham's (Cloudland) quirky lullaby introduces a handful of weary characters. A cat with a stroller has "had a hard day and/ now needs a place for/ her kittens to stay./ Hushabye." A baby has "been sailing/ a boat on the sea/ and now needs to sleep./ Hushabye." Also ready to rest are three travel-weary valise-toting bears climbing a staircase, a fatigued fish and "the man in the moon,/ he'll be sound asleep soon," sprawled out on his crescent. The text and ingenuous, inventively layered artwork reveal the sleeping spot each selects, which range from rather conventional (the cat family cuddles together in a hayloft) to outlandish (the baby curls up all alone in a tiny boat, floating on a pink sea). Realistic pen-and-ink drawings appear underneath the text, complementing the vividly hued, droll illustrations opposite. In the end, Burningham effectively draws readers into his tale, concluding on a soothing note with words that beg to be whispered: "Your head's on the pillow./ You'll soon be asleep./ Hushabye/ hushabye/ hush." Ages 3-7.
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