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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439928265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439928267
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep has a room full of toys, and his healthy imagination makes it impossible to sleep when there are canvases to paint, books to read, magic to create, and moons to visit. He cannot possibly stop to rest until he has exhausted all his options-and himself. Then he snuggles down with his favorite soft toys, much to the satisfaction of his parents, who are peeking at him from around the bedroom door. Starting with the picture on the title page of a wide-awake Oliver in bed but ready to spring out, there is a driven intensity about this book with its bold text and full-bleed, fanciful spreads. Young listeners will understand the message—that there are too few hours in a day. This is an excellent selection for pajama storytimes and one-on-one sharing. Pair it with Helen Cooper's The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed (Dial, 1997) or Jane Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! (Little, Brown, 2002) for a satisfying bedtime experience.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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In Oliver Who Would Not Sleep (Hodder GBP10.99), "Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep COULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!" as a splendidly rhythmic text by Mara Bergman unfolds the story of a boy's imaginative play. He takes a trip to Mars before he settles down. Nick Maland's stylish illustrations add intriguing incident to the tale, using muted colour and lots of pattern. -- Nicolette Jones, Times 'I've left my favourite to last. Oliver Who Would Not Sleep is a tale of a boy for whom bed is the springboard of a restless imagination... Mara Bergmans' verse beings with the jaunty insistence of a nursery rhyme... revs up at blast off, grows quiet for Oliver's contemplation of Mars and then whizzes him back home and puts him gently, gently down to sleep. Nick Maland's illustrations keep pace, and they move the reader skilfully between the sold world of the bedroom and its contents and the porous world of play that Oliver makes for them. -- Clive Barnes, Books for Keeps --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bergman, Mara. Oliver Who Would Not Sleep! Illustrated by Nick Maland. Scholastic Inc. 2007.

This funny, rhyming story about a boy named "Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep (who) couldn't and didn't and would not sleep" features a bedtime scenario where the child is not afraid of going to sleep; he just wants to play. This new collaboration by the author and illustrator of, "Snip Snap!! What's That?" (Greenwillow Books, 2005) works well as a group read-aloud even though not all the pictures are full size. Verse, "So with a great big stretch and a great long yawn..." just begs to be acted out, and an accompanying illustration shows Oliver with his mouth wide open, tonsils revealed and his arms outspread. Whimsical pastel watercolors sporting multiple black lines convey a child friendly sensibility: Oliver pulls a lamb out of a magician's hat; he flies off in a rocket ship and takes his first steps on Mars. The fact that the fantastic creatures and rocket ship represented in this story resemble toys in Oliver's room is reminiscent of Sandol Stoddard's wonderful story, "Bedtime Mouse" (Houghton Mifflin, 1981). Enlarged font size alerts the reader when some emphasis of tone is recommended. Share with children, ages 2- 6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ktp on February 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a gift and I loved everything about this book, except when they talk about what Oliver was not afraid of: burglars, monsters... And then it shows an illustration of burglars and monsters hanging out outside his window and on the roof! Great... Doesn't do a lot of good to say he was not afraid of those things because the illustrator has just given a scary visual to the kid reading it! My son was very afraid of monsters coming in his window after reading this and never before, so FYI... (I managed to get out of explaining what a burglar is...I mean, come on!)
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Format: Hardcover
This cute book is a nice addition if you already own Mara Bergman's book "Snip Snap". If you don't own it, buy it first as it is one of the best children's' books ever written! This is a fun book about Oliver who doesn't go to sleep and instead explores the great outdoors and even travels through space until he realizes he missed home and "finally, finally, finally, finally" goes to sleep. It is a lovely bed time story and especially good for little boys which it feels a bit more directed at. Definitely a welcome addition to any bedtime collection.
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By Becca on August 19, 2012
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I saw the title on this book and laughed and just had to buy it. I have an Oliver who will not sleep :)

The story and illustrations are fun and my kids like it. They ask lots of questions about the pictures, and there's quite a bit to talk about in most of them.

He's not afraid of anything in the dark (the monsters, etc. in the pages look like big stuffed animals and they're smiling), but just doesn't like going to sleep, so he plays with his toys and flies to Mars in his pretend rocket, but then looks back home with a telescope and wants to go back home. He flies back and climbs into bed with his stuffed animals and falls asleep. It's a cute bedtime story.
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By Chattycathy on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My grandson's name is, Oliver, and this seemed like a good gift for a 20 month old. He loves books! The story is very cute!
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I looked long and hard to find something with the name Oliver on it for the baby's first gift. I came upon this book and it has become a keepsake, loved by the baby - now 3, his parents and grandparents.
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