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I'm Not Sleepy! (Baby Owl) Board book – September 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Baby Owl
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Boxer Books; Brdbk edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907967370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907967375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Allen has created many wonderful picture books for children, including Don't Copy Me, The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo, and I'm Not Ready! His international success is based on his observant wit, appealing art, and childlike sense of fun. Jonathan lives happily in a quiet village in South Cambridgeshire, England.

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This would be a great part of a baby shower gift.
Kami
It's something that all parents and kids can relate to, which makes this book especially fun to read.
Tony L.
My daughter has to read it every night before bedtime.
Lemonyparker

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jonathan Allen's latest book featuring baby owl is another triumph. It's perfect as a group read aloud. Baby Owl's increasingly grumpy voice gives plenty of opportunity for the story reader to have fun, thus drawing the kids into this tale of an owl who just doesn't want to go to bed. Every child will see themelves here as they recognize the very words that they have said many times. Parents will enjoy it too as they appreciate Papa Owl's success (finally!) at getting Baby Owl to sleep. A big recommend for storytime for toddlers and preschoolers and for any parent wanting a good bedtime book. Have some fun with this one and the kids will too. Baby Owl is a great character that really speaks to children and I hope we continue to see more of his "adventures".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony L. on November 4, 2013
Format: Board book
Another fun book by Jonathan Allen. My wife and I love reading Baby Owl books to our child. They're cute. They're fun. And they each shed a little light on what it's like to be both a kid and a parent. Each book follows a strict formula--Baby Owl doesn't want to do or admit something, his friends point out the obvious, one of his parents leads him to a realization, everyone is happy--with its own story and twist.

In this story, Baby Owl doesn't want to go to sleep, even though everyone can tell he's tired. It's something that all parents and kids can relate to, which makes this book especially fun to read. There's something kind of heartwarming knowing I'm going to have this exact conversation with my kid sooner or later. And maybe some day he'll read this book on his own and realize he's been there, too.

I'd really love it if these books came in a set. Also, I recommend the board book--if you're baby's anything like mine, he loves tearing stuff up.
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Format: Board book
I happened upon this book one day, as I was looking for some new board books for our two-year old. He already had a tradition of climbing up into his daddy's lap at night before bedtime, and almost always would fall asleep there. He also LOVES to be read to, so this book seemed perfect! My hubby does a fantastic job telling the story, using voices, and because toddlers love repetition, our son knows what's coming. When the various animals comment to the baby owl that he looks sleepy, our son does the "I'm not sleepy!" line each time--VERY CUTE! At the end, baby owl snuggles into his daddy's feathers and falls asleep. He loves his "baby owl book"! A great book for daddy to read and bond with the little ones in the family. This is a great addition to your bedtime story books, along with the classic Goodnight Moon.
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Format: Board book
Book Review: "I'm not…" series

"I'm not…" book series have readers giggling from start to finish. Owl, the central character has an attitude and spunk. However with his loving parents and Owly, he manages to make it through his adventures.

I enjoy the series for the author reveals the issues toddlers face as they grow up.
Recommend ages: 0-3
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This book is a favourite in our house. My husband reads it to our son almost nightly. It's cute, though perhaps repeats the term 'baby owl' a little too often. The plot (can you call it that in a board book?) is cute and the gentle coaxing to bed by dad is sweet. The illustrations are cute too. Overall it's a cute book with a quick story that's great to read before bed.
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By Kami on July 17, 2014
Format: Board book
I'm Not Sleepy is my 10 month old's favorite book. He giggles at the pictures and loves the animals in the story. I enjoy reading this to him too, even though I nearly have it memorized! Baby Owl is adorable and the book is clever and funny with great illustrations. This would be a great part of a baby shower gift. I will be getting more Baby Owl books!
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Format: Board book
We received this from a librarian friend of the family after our son was born and it is definitely one of my sons favorite books. We have some very fond memories already with this book. I have already bought it for both my sister in laws baby showers and I know their daughters will love Baby Owl as much as my son does.
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By R. Kehl on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We originally loaned this book at the local library and discovered that Daddy was able to convince the toddler at her most resistant to come to storytime and then bedtime. Great find - bought it so others might find it for themselves.
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More About the Author

I was sitting at my desk at art school, way back in the late seventies, trying to feel inspired about the latest college design project while idly drawing funny animals in the margins of my note book, when one of the illustration tutors, a fine illustrator of children's books in his own right called Fritz Wegner, looked over my shoulder and said something along the lines of.
"Why don't you do that sort of thing as your course work? You could you know."
I was nonplussed. I think I stuttered something like, "Are you sure that would be all right?".
I was in shock. I mean, it was bit like someone telling you that you could watch telly and eat ice cream as a degree project, and that nobody would mind! Or something. . . Not only were the drawings very simple, they were funny. Two things which don't get you taken seriously in the usual course of events. But in the world of children's books, these are pretty much a requirement. I had found my home.
So I started an illustration project based on the idea of nonsense poems, which I decided to write myself. This became my first ever book, "A Bad Case of Animal Nonsense", published by the late Vanessa Hamilton at J.M.Dent. God bless you, Vanessa!
I wrote and illustrated several books over the next few years, while at the same time trying to get somewhere as a musician (bass), and co-running a small recording studio from a house in South London. I eventually decided to pursue my writing and illustrating career full time as it actually paid, and deep down I knew I was better at it than I was at audio engineering and bass playing. And anyway the music industry was pretty horrible.
It wasn't a hard decision. I really enjoyed my children's book work and had just had a book co-published in the USA and Japan. So that's what I have done ever since. I get paid to draw funny animals. I even earn a living at it. I still can't quite believe it.

Embarrassingly enough, I have only just read the reviews of my books that Amazon readers have left over the years. I feel very ashamed at not doing this before, as there are some really heart warming things in there. I have come over all humble and am emitting a warm glow from inside that could help heat a small town. Thank you very much. It is very nice to realise that the work I have done, on my own, behind my studio desk, has the power to touch other people and even help people discover the wonders of reading.

If you want actual biography stuff, here it is.
I was born in 1957 (Yes I know it's a long time ago. I can count. Unfortunately.) In the quaint market town of Luton.
OK, scrub the 'quaint' bit.
My dad worked in the bank. He was transferred to a branch in Cambridge when I was about 13 so we moved.
I went to Impington Village College, where I did my O and A levels, and thanks to an inspiringly eccentric Art teacher called Ray Malmstrom, I became interested in drawing and painting. With a bit of encouragement, I applied for a place on the Art foundation course at Cambridge Tech, as it then was. I didn't think that 'people like me' whatever that means, went to Art School, so I was surprised when I got in. I was even more surprised when, after my foundation year ended, I was accepted on the Graphics course at St Martins College of Art in London.

That takes you neatly full circle, to the top of this bio.

Best wishes to you all, assuming any one reads this.
Jonathan X

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