From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This book is perfect for easing children into bed. Beginning with sunset and a young girl chasing fireflies with her grandmother, lyrically simple four-line stanzas bring readers from the field at dusk with "darkness glowing" to the farm where "piglets whuffle" to the town where "headlights shimmer" and to the night of a young boy's room as his mother tucks him into bed. The refrain "Yawn around, yawn around, sleepytime sky" repeats through each location, ending with "Yawn around, yawn around, sleepytime me./Night-night. Sleep tight. Sleep tight." The illustrations work seamlessly with the text, with blues and greens depicting the cool country night and warm yellows and golds in the lights of the town and home. Farm toys, cars, and trucks wait on the boy's star-printed rug for him to play again tomorrow. As the verse and artwork move from the vast sky to a small cozy bed, children will surely yawn and snuggle (and perhaps whuffle) as they drift off to sleep. This book is destined to be a much-requested, oft-repeated selection.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
About the Author
EDITH HOPE FINE, a longtime writer, educator, and lifetime logophile ("lover of words'") is the author of many books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, most recently Water, Weed, and Wait.
Her picture book Under the Lemon Moon
was named a Smithsonian
Magazine Notable Book and a Parent's Choice Silver Honor Book. Sleepytime Me is her seventeenth book. Edith Hope Fine lives in Southern California.
CHRISTOPHER DENISE is an award-winning children's book illustrator and visual development artist. His first book, a retelling of the Russian folk tale The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship,
was described in Publishers Weekly
as "a stunning debut." Since then, Christopher has illustrated more than twenty titles for young readers, including some in the acclaimed Redwall series by Brian Jacques. His books have appeared on the New York Times
bestseller list and have been recognized by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards, School Library Journal,
Bank Street College of Education, Parents' Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three daughters.