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The Napping House Hardcover – May 4, 2009
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a napping house,
where everyone is sleeping.
"Everyone," in this case is a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse... and a wakeful flea! Uh-oh. Looks like the napping house won't be napping for long. With their very own brand of humor, Audrey Wood and Don Wood create an appealing bedtime book compatible with Margaret Wise Brown's classic Goodnight Moon. This small, square board book, with its rhythmic, repetitive text and witty pictures in shades of ever-brightening blues and greens (as the night turns to day), is sure to be a winner with preschool insomniacs. The sleepy household congregates on Granny's bed, slowly building a very relaxed pile of bodies in shifting positions. Young readers will enjoy tracking the critters as they make their way, one by one, to the bed--and then guessing what will happen when the wakeful flea joins the heap. Be sure to look for this author-illustrator team's other hilarious collaborative efforts, including Piggies and Silly Sally. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Board book edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Don Wood, the illustrator, has done wonders with the light in these scenes. The dreary drizzly afternoon pours steadily, making the reader really want to snuggle up in a warm bed too. Then also, his drawings are quite clever. Each character appears in every single spread. The flea is represented more as a circular black dot with a halo about it. Almost as if the flea was lit from inside. Kids will probably enjoy locating the mouse and the flea in each and every picture as the scenes change and the characters toss and turn in bed. In the end, I was particularly taken with the grandmother. Sleeping in her nylon-like socks, her reaction upon falling back upon her bed and breaking it is one of pure joy. Atta girl, grandma! In that second to last scene in the book, daylight streams into the room, the blue walls now a cheery and dazzling yellow. Any child uncertain of the benefits of napping (of which there may be one or two) will enjoy seeing how lively and boisterous the characters are after getting a good afternoon's rest. The last page of the book speaks volumes for the benefits of sleep. A marvelous story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is really cute. It's a bit repetitive, with each page just adding another line to the story (which you then repeat on every page) but hey, toddlers love repetition. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jessie Kay
One of my all time favorite children's book! The illustrations are beautiful and the story calming. The CD is a great bonus!Published 15 days ago by Carol Z. Hagen
Classic book! My two year old loves the repetition and illustrations. Perfect for bedtime!Published 1 month ago by Courtney Reynolds
I used to read this book to my children who are now adults, every night. Now that I am a grandmother I purchased it for my granddaughter.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! It's fun to read and the board book is great for little hands,Published 2 months ago by gmansmom