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Publisher Comments:

Do ogres snore? Do pirates have blankies? Do fairies suck their thumbs? We may never know the answers to these questions. But if we're lucky--and very observant--we might be able to catch a glimpse of some fantastic creatures, all fast asleep.
     In soothing rhyme, bestselling author Mem Fox explores the sleeping habits of our favorite inhabitants from the world of fairy tales. Vladimir Radunsky fills a dreamy, picturesque landscape with surprising and fun details. Fairies, wizards, goblins, and even children all find peace under the same bright moon.

Review:

"Complex visual clues may send readers for repeat rounds of Fox's (Time for Bed) lilting bedtime rhyme, and even then children will not exhaust the mystery with which Radunsky (The Mighty Asparagus) cloaks his subjects. 'This is where the giant sleeps,' says Fox, not specifying a location, leaving it to Radunsky to create an elaborate, fairytale world of slumbering creatures as dreamed by a sleeping boy. Initially, gouaches portray the giant with his body made up by various items in landscapes: trees serve as the curls in his hair, a hill forms his nose, a red house suggests his mouth, a lighthouse balances on his cliff-like foot, etc. Atop all this, Radunsky overlays map coordinates in a witty foreshadowing of explorations still to come. In subsequent pages a parcel of land that makes up the giant's body appears in a circle, as if seen through the round spyglass the boy carries. The image on the opposing page is magnified even further, to show both the boy and what he sees — a dragon reclining within the lighthouse ('breathing fire, and snoring'), a sleeping ogre on a boat (he 'takes a rest from roaring'), a goblin 'safe and warm' in a haystack. The paintings and multifaceted structure of the book inventively translate the puckish text, conjuring misty visions of magical realms. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A soothing, cozy look at bedtime in fairyland.

Synopsis:

Do ogres snore? Do pirates have blankies? Do fairies suck their thumbs? We may never know the answers to these questions. But if we're lucky--and very observant--we might be able to catch a glimpse of some fantastic creatures, all fast asleep.

     In soothing rhyme, bestselling author Mem Fox explores the sleeping habits of our favorite inhabitants from the world of fairy tales. Vladimir Radunsky fills a dreamy, picturesque landscape with surprising and fun details. Fairies, wizards, goblins, and even children all find peace under the same bright moon.

About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many books for children, including Bill Martin's The Maestro Plays. He lives in Italy with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152057855
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Illustrator:
Radunsky, Vladimir
Author:
Fox, Mem
Author:
Radunsky, Vladimir
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Bedtime Stories
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Sleep
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20071001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.5 x 10 in 0.92 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
03-07

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Where the Giant Sleeps
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Product details 32 pages Harcourt Children's Books - English 9780152057855 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Complex visual clues may send readers for repeat rounds of Fox's (Time for Bed) lilting bedtime rhyme, and even then children will not exhaust the mystery with which Radunsky (The Mighty Asparagus) cloaks his subjects. 'This is where the giant sleeps,' says Fox, not specifying a location, leaving it to Radunsky to create an elaborate, fairytale world of slumbering creatures as dreamed by a sleeping boy. Initially, gouaches portray the giant with his body made up by various items in landscapes: trees serve as the curls in his hair, a hill forms his nose, a red house suggests his mouth, a lighthouse balances on his cliff-like foot, etc. Atop all this, Radunsky overlays map coordinates in a witty foreshadowing of explorations still to come. In subsequent pages a parcel of land that makes up the giant's body appears in a circle, as if seen through the round spyglass the boy carries. The image on the opposing page is magnified even further, to show both the boy and what he sees — a dragon reclining within the lighthouse ('breathing fire, and snoring'), a sleeping ogre on a boat (he 'takes a rest from roaring'), a goblin 'safe and warm' in a haystack. The paintings and multifaceted structure of the book inventively translate the puckish text, conjuring misty visions of magical realms. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A soothing, cozy look at bedtime in fairyland.
"Synopsis" by ,

Do ogres snore? Do pirates have blankies? Do fairies suck their thumbs? We may never know the answers to these questions. But if we're lucky--and very observant--we might be able to catch a glimpse of some fantastic creatures, all fast asleep.

     In soothing rhyme, bestselling author Mem Fox explores the sleeping habits of our favorite inhabitants from the world of fairy tales. Vladimir Radunsky fills a dreamy, picturesque landscape with surprising and fun details. Fairies, wizards, goblins, and even children all find peace under the same bright moon.

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