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While You Are Sleeping Hardcover – September 5, 2006

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From School Library Journal

PreS–While a little girl sleeps, toy animals describe their nighttime activities on her behalf: checking under the bed for monsters, pulling up the covers, scaring away bad dreams, preventing her from waking when Santa comes, and more. Their repayment is the love they receive as bedside toys. The soft-focus artwork verges on being overly dark at times, but it has a lot of nice texture, and the spread of the stuffed animals huddled together in the dark, with fearful, glowing eyes, works beautifully. While the story is slight, the gentle text flows well and will please children who fantasize about their playthings coming alive while they slumber.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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PreS. A child can sleep from dusk to dawn, but for her bedside toys, the work goes on. Five stuffed animals collectively describe how they spend their nights working (unbeknownst to the child) to make sure their charge, a young girl, sleeps well. Their tasks include checking the cupboards, corners, and under the bed (if they are feeling brave); making sure that the girl is comfortable and that she doesn't wake up on the night Santa appears. The scariest things are bedbugs, which are easily squashed (but not shown) and bad dreams (also not shown), which are scared away when the toys don such things as a badminton birdie and goofy sunglasses. The final scene, in which the girl awakens to cuddle the animals, shows why they are devoted to their jobs. The muted colors and the sketchy loose style of the pastel-type artwork pairs well with the gentle text, and the idea of having such capable creatures standing guard gives the whole a comforting, old-fashioned feeling. Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374383308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374383305
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. When I got to the end I actually had a little swelling around my eyes - almost cried. It was 20 pages long. The text was superb, and the illustrations were fitting for the story.

The story is about a little girl's dolls and toys that she keeps in her bedroom. They seem to have a life of their own when the little girl sleeps at night. They have their chores and they look out for their owner, the little girl.

I'm sure preschool kids will love this book. Maybe I would have liked it better if the illustrations had not been as "hazy" as they were, but I do not have any idea how they would have to be done to improve upon my experience of reading the book. 5 stars!
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My kids love this book. I can see how some young children with a vivid imagination might be a little bothered. The art work is perfect and really sets the mood of this very cute story. Plenty of little kids already wonder if their toys come to life at night, this is a sweet story about what they do in such a case.
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This would be a fantastic book to give a small child, especially if it is given with a lovable stuffy. Alexis Deacon created a perfect bedtime tale to assuage nervous hearts and minds. Children who worry about monsters and all things that go bump in the night will be reassured when they see how busy their stuffed toys are working to keep them safe and snug in their beds. Fantastically illustrated and super sweet! I absolutely loved it and your little ones will too.
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By C.L. on September 4, 2015
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are dark and disturbing. The text is suggestive and unsettling. My child already has a vivid imagination and we didn't make it past page two and for good reason; he doesn't need more reasons to worry about what happens at night.
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Beautiful book!
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