From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep has a room full of toys, and his healthy imagination makes it impossible to sleep when there are canvases to paint, books to read, magic to create, and moons to visit. He cannot possibly stop to rest until he has exhausted all his options-and himself. Then he snuggles down with his favorite soft toys, much to the satisfaction of his parents, who are peeking at him from around the bedroom door. Starting with the picture on the title page of a wide-awake Oliver in bed but ready to spring out, there is a driven intensity about this book with its bold text and full-bleed, fanciful spreads. Young listeners will understand the message—that there are too few hours in a day. This is an excellent selection for pajama storytimes and one-on-one sharing. Pair it with Helen Cooper's The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed
(Dial, 1997) or Jane Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap!
(Little, Brown, 2002) for a satisfying bedtime experience.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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In Oliver Who Would Not Sleep (Hodder GBP10.99), "Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep COULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!" as a splendidly rhythmic text by Mara Bergman unfolds the story of a boy's imaginative play. He takes a trip to Mars before he settles down. Nick Maland's stylish illustrations add intriguing incident to the tale, using muted colour and lots of pattern. -- Nicolette Jones, Times 'I've left my favourite to last. Oliver Who Would Not Sleep is a tale of a boy for whom bed is the springboard of a restless imagination... Mara Bergmans' verse beings with the jaunty insistence of a nursery rhyme... revs up at blast off, grows quiet for Oliver's contemplation of Mars and then whizzes him back home and puts him gently, gently down to sleep. Nick Maland's illustrations keep pace, and they move the reader skilfully between the sold world of the bedroom and its contents and the porous world of play that Oliver makes for them. -- Clive Barnes, Books for Keeps
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