- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
- Series: Fiction Picture Books
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (September 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623708699
- ISBN-13: 978-1623708696
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Loud Winter's Nap (Fiction Picture Books) Hardcover – September 1, 2017
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About the Author
Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy is the author of the best-selling picture books Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter's Nap, which both received numerous positive reviews. Katy lives in London.
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Tortoise wants to nap away the winter, (sadly, I'm literal enough that this book actually led me to look up whether tortoises hibernate, which they do), but he keeps being "disturbed" by friends who invite him to join in various winter activities. Tortoise is perhaps a touch grumpy about this, but mostly he just keeps looking around for a quiet place to nap. Ultimately he does get drawn into an activity, has a grand time, and parties away the winter with his friends. It's all in good fun, and pretty mellow.
The main appeal, to me, was the illustrations in this one. Tortoise's various hideouts are cleverly imagined and represented. The various winter games to which he is invited do appear to be fun. The other woodland creatures look like they'd be fun pals. The entire project has high energy, good spirits, a nice winter feel, and a friendly appeal. The drawings are inviting, with nice pencil work and good colors. The characters are more expressive and personable than the usual generic characters. Indeed, there are quite a few little drawn jokes and bits of business tucked into the pages that add interest and re-readability.
So, this ended up being a cheerful, happy and perfectly satisfying find. A good choice. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Thank you very much to NetGalley and Capstone for the opportunity to read this book. I adore everything about this book and hope it finds its way into homes and libraries everywhere. I'll be revisiting this book many times. It's one of those books you read with a smile on your face.
The illustrations are brightly colored with lively expressions on the animals making the humor of this story come alive. The text is simple while still conveying the message of poor tortoise looking for a place to take a long winter’s nap. The text does not rhyme but read out loud just fine. A cute picture book that I could see becoming a child’s favorite winter story.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
The book is about trying new things and also all the fun things winter can hold I think that this is really a whimsical read and if you are looking for fun things for kids in the colder months to read or to read to them this is a great addition.