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A Book of Sleep Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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"Na’s wonderfully illustrated debut is one of those bedtime books that children will likely turn to again and again."
Review, New York Times Book Review, December 6, 2009:
“So thoroughly does the book inhabit its sleepy world.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 14, 2009:
"It's the rare picture book that, upon arrival, feels as though it has been around for years already"
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2009:
"Nimble lines influence the gentle mood through spotted colors and shaded images, balancing darkness and light to depict the passing of time."
Top Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic bedtime book in nearly every respect. The story centers around bedtime and how nearly all the animals are ready for sleep when the darkness descends. Only the nocturnal owl remains wide-eyed and alert.
The owl keeps watch over all the other animals as they sleep, and steps in as our tour guide to taking a closer look at the dozers. On some pages the owl is very small and artfully hidden, which makes finding his small frame a nice game for readers. He swoops over the snoring elephant, gazes balefully at a row of giraffes and lofts over an enormous whale, before roosting among a large group of slumbering doves.
Animals sleep in all different ways - some stand, some swim, some perch. A clue to a snoozing animal is typically the closed eyes, but we discover there are a few animals who sleep with one or both eyes open! And what about that owl, when does he sleep? Ah, the tired owl gets sleepy when the sun glows brightly and all the others animals rise for the day.
There's nothing as soothing as a book centered around sleep to get your little ones settled in for the night, particularly one as lovely as this. Subdued colors and the tiniest of details make this a visually stunning read. The above photos don't do the book justice. Holding the book in your hands, you will be surprised to find tiny line drawings on every page. Beautiful flower patterns and curlicues are etched in a deep blues and grays on every page, with white stars and tiny animals decorating the corners. Gorgeous!
The book features some repetitive dialogue which children love as well as the owl being incorporated into each view of a sleepy animal--as well as learning about sleep habits, your child can play the "find the owl" game.
The book shows how various animals sleep from some birds who sleep with one eye open, to a fish with both and an elephant with both eyes closed. And your child will find that the owl sleeps when the sun comes up!
The owl's wise old eyes glance sidewards to watch as three giraffes sleep standing up. The owl travels through the night watching others as they rest. Some like the giant whale are on the move when they sleep. The tail moves and air comes out his blow hole. The owl stops briefly to watch the pigeons who sleep "with one eye open" z z z. And then there are others who "sleep with both eyes open . . . they don't even blink!" There are some who prefer to sleep alone, but if you look at the penguins they love to sleep "huddled close at night." In the morning when everyone wakes up guess who is fast asleep? "ZZZZZZZZ"
This is a beautifully illustrated book that is soothing, gentle and fun to read or browse. I enjoyed the little extra perk of trying to find the owl in each setting because sometimes he is tiny and hidden. Little hands will love to turn these pages and find the owl. The illustrations were beautifully done and will be especially appealing to the small child. This extremely engaging book would make an excellent one to read just before bedtime, especially if you have a rocking chair to cuddle up in with your little one!
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books of late. While all of the other animals sleep, whether solo or snuggled with others, the owl stays awake. The story line is simple, but the illustrations are unique, complex and as soothing as a lullaby.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The art is very nice. Simplistic story but good bedtime story for my 1.5 year oldPublished 15 days ago by YG
Very cute book. The illustrations are beautiful and very interesting to my little guy.Published 21 days ago by JKristine
The illustrations in this book are phenomenal! This book is a keeper and holds up very well.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so cute. Very few words on each page which is great as my 3 month old doesnt like very long stories yet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ReviewedwithLOVE
Such a sweet bedtime book. Beautiful illustrations. Loved by both my infant and toddler.Published 3 months ago by Rachilia
This book is beautifully illustrated, and is perfect for reading to my 7 month old.Published 3 months ago by Jessica Henry
The artwork is absolutely gorgeous. It is one of those beautiful books you won't mind reading over 99999 times.Published 3 months ago by Casey