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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442422661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442422667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—Through rhyming text and cozy illustrations, readers are brought around the property of a farm and into a house at night to seek out all the sleepyheads. Each animal is glimpsed sleeping or about to fall asleep and each one is solely referred to as a "sleepyhead," thereby encouraging children to name the animals depicted. The book is comprised of full-spread illustrations, rendered in pencil and colored digitally. While the setting is nighttime and it is dark, it is not dreary but rather warm and inviting. A glowing crescent moon is visible with every page turn, and all the sleepyheads are endearing and cuddly. This book will make an excellent addition, especially where pajama storytime is popular.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY

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Little animals, identified only as sleepyheads, make themselves comfortable in various woodland homes, in the barnyard, and in the house. But in a cozy bedroom, one bed is empty. Out on the moonlit porch, the last little sleepyhead is dozing “in Mama’s arms.” In the softly shaded pencil drawings with digitally added color, touches of white (moon, stars, fireflies, and text) glow brightly against dark backgrounds. As the rhythmic, rhyming text flows on, small children will enjoy naming the plump little animals depicted throughout the book. Most are easily identified, though one (probably a river otter), shown “rocking on a wave” and surrounded by water lilies, looks like a cat, except that it’s sleeping in water. If the title alone isn’t enough to make young children yawn, the repetitive sounds of the text and the dimly lit, rounded forms of sleeping animals have their own soothing, soporific effect. Good bedtime reading for young children. Preschool. --Carolyn Phelan

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This is a bedtime favorite at our house.
K.R.
The well-defined pictures, bold lines, and muted colors make this a perfect bedtime read.
J. Prather
The pictures capture the story beautifully, with a perfect amount of detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My son loves all of Joyce Wan's books, so we bought this on the strength of the illustrator alone. I have to admit it is quite a cute book-- I love the concept, and the illustrations do not disappoint.

The text, however, is another matter entirely. Some of it is fairly cute, but I don't love it. The idea of finding "sleepyheads" in their different sleeping places is cute, but not consistent. Sometimes they are sleepyheads, sometimes "little ones," and there is a random owl who isn't sleepy at all. In addition, the very first page of the book has REALLY awkward meter and rhyme, to the point that I don't enjoy reading it.

Overall, the pictures are beautiful, but they far outstrip the text. In my opinion, JW should keep doing her own books-- they are much better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. M. on May 9, 2014
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This is the sweetest bedtime story! Not only does the story hold attention, it offers continuous opportunity to engage your child while reading, pointing out the animals, looking for the moon, counting the stars and fireflies, or what sleepyhead animal may be next. The pictures capture the story beautifully, with a perfect amount of detail. Sleepyheads is sure to become a classic bedtime story, to be cherished and read generation after generation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.R. on May 8, 2014
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This is a bedtime favorite at our house. I am an artist and I must confess I seek out books with lovely illustrations, and this has rubbed off on my children. They are very critical of book art and when they saw this they said, cutie!!!! That is their highest compliment. The story also kept their attention and is one I don't mind reading again -and again :). The lovely art and the sweet story make it a winner!
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