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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374370311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374370312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1–A sleepy sleepy boy is fast asleep in his sleepy sleepy bed along with everything else in his sleepy sleepy house until music comes drifting in, in ever louder tones. Then the child and his surroundings gradually come alive, dance, and shake to the beat, and drift back to sleep as the notes and instruments depart. The brief repetitive text takes a backseat to the whimsical watercolor-and-ink cartoon illustrations. Indeed, a couple of spreads have no words at all. Dark background washes engulf the personified objects as they settle into slumber. With the arrival of notes that become instrument-playing characters, the washes begin to lighten with the slowly awakening household, until the cavorting furnishings are suffused with brilliant oranges and yellows. This transformation is only temporary, however, for with the exodus of the music makers, dusty blues, greens, and grays wrap everyone in sleep once again. Before youngsters themselves nod off, there is much for them to see and enjoy here–dancing dishes that eventually slump over, picture-framed characters with outrageous beards and mustaches, vibrating tables and chairs, a bookcase containing Shulevitz titles, trees and house leaning over in sleep, and more. This is a bedtime bonanza.–Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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*Starred Review* PreS. Shulevitz's latest winning picture book evokes the lulling rhythms of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (1947) but adds a thrilling animation to a quiet bedtime scene. In a quiet room, "in a sleepy sleepy house [where] everything is sleepy sleepy," a boy slumbers deeply until music drifts through a window, rousing him (and all the surrounding objects) into joyful midnight revelry. Then the music floats away, and the room settles back into peaceful dreamtime. As in Dawn (1974) and Snow (1998), Shulevitz celebrates how the simplest things can be miraculously transformed. Unlike the objects in Goodnight Moon, everything in this room is alive with a discernable, expressive face: the dishes, the tables and chairs, the bookcase (filled with Shulevitz's books). The objects all snooze languidly, and then explode into action as the equally animated musical notes, with wild smiles on their round heads, curl and dance through the window. The ink-and-watercolor scenes create an energetic tension between the deep, blue-gray sleepy-time scenes and the rainbow-streaked views of vibrant musical activity. The spare, hypnotically repetitive text and progressively deepening colors will pull preschoolers into the shadowy edges of sleep along with the story's bewildered boy, and they'll feel satisfied to see their suspicions confirmed: the living and the inanimate worlds aren't so separate after all. Gillian Engberg
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The illustrations are really unique and the stories are simple and sweet.
Catherine J. Jackson
This is a bedtime book my almost-2-year-old daughter loves and what's more I continue to love despite many, many readings of it.
Hazel Zwick
We love reading it before bedtime, and the hypnotic cadence of the text calms him until he's sleepy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Smith on August 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is charming without being condescending. The illustrations perfectly evoke the peace that can be found in the night, as well as the impish character of Alice in Wonderland, where clocks have faces and tea cups make music.

There is wonder in the simplest of things! What a lovely book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Jacobsohn on January 11, 2007
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I read a blurb about this title in newsprint, and bought it for my two-year old granddaughter, a fairly non-interested reader. It's beautifully illustrated and has a engaging, not too long, not too short, tale. It made the longlist of her favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Zwick on August 14, 2007
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This is a bedtime book my almost-2-year-old daughter loves and what's more I continue to love despite many, many readings of it. The pictures are so detailed and expressive and the story so simple yet compelling that it never gets boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. MANTY on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My baby (20 months) loves this book and it's always in active rotation. He likes looking at the little details in the pictures (the cat, the train, the moon). And the number of times you say "sleepy" literally makes you sleepy!
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Great illustrations, and a really lovely and compelling story. The repetitions of 'sleepy sleepy' are very effective in setting a sleepy calm mood, and the story is wonderful. A sleepy boy in a sleepy house is awakened (as is the house and its contents) by music coming in the window that sets the furniture to dancing, which then fades away, and the house and boy settle back into sleep. My 21 month-old daughter LOVES the book, and I love that it's a great bedtime book and a beautiful illustration of what it can mean to be awakened and calmly go back to sleep.
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I dont like this book at all. The illustrations are pretty but very repetitive, and too boring for that to work. I also find the story boring, it just doesnt have anything, and it seems constructed. I find the whole book weird in a boring way. I give it two stars instead of one because of the quality of the illustrations (although half the pages would have been way enough).
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By Catherine J. Jackson on January 30, 2013
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I love all the Uri Shulevitz books. The illustrations are really unique and the stories are simple and sweet. Our favorite is "Snow." I am giving this four stars because it does not come as a board book which is preferrable for a 19-month old.
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