Synopses & Reviews
In this sweet rhyming picture book, a mother prepares her daughter for bed by telling her about the different animals that live nearby and their nighttime activities. The motherandrsquo;s narrative comes full circle from night to dawn, and the little girl is lulled to sleep dreaming about her animal friends.
Lyrical writing and warm illustrations from the bestselling author-illustrator team of Rose A. Lewis and Jen Corace make this a perfect bedtime book.
Praise for Sweet Dreams
andldquo; A prettyandhellip;bedtime story.andrdquo;
andldquo;As a lullaby should, this book has soothing language and illustrations in comforting colors. The rhymes are sweet and satisfying when read aloud. This is a lovely book that any parent or grandparent would enjoy sharing.andrdquo;
andndash;School Library Journal
andquot;Sweet Dreams captures the essence of the genre. The writing is light and benevolent, the drawings both familiar and fresh.andquot;
andmdash;Wall Street Journal
andquot;The text forms the scaffolding for Coraceandrsquo;s elegant spreads, in which distinctively stylized, sharp-cornered figures are muted by a twilight palette.andquot;
"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go--security and a trusted companion."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"Touched with enchantment . . . This may put little ones to sleep, but they'll have a lot to look at before they close their eyes."
and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"Zagarenski's dreamy mixed-media illustrations are as calm and comforting as Logue's understated prose."
"Zagarenski's paintings take Logue's story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
and#8220;Logueand#8217;s text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenskiand#8217;s layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.and#8221;
and#8212;New York Times Online
"The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. . . . [A] memorable picture book."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Simple, tactile and clever, these delicious little books will appeal to babies grappling with their many colorful cut-out pages."
and#8212;New York Times Onlineand#160;(Review of Spoonful and the companion book Good Night!)
"The pictures are the soul of simplicity, a dreamy wisp of a figure afloat on a contrasting colored background of sky blues, ruby reds, and sunny yellows."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
When the sky grows dark
and the moon glows bright,
everyone goes to sleep . . .
except for the watchful owl!
With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close.
Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.
Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London. A Book of Sleep was his first picture book, followed by The Thingamabob and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit (Spring 2011), which are also available from Knopf. To learn more about Il Sung Na and his work, please visit IlSungNa.com.
In an innovativeand#160;bedtime book for young readers,and#160;the fresh look ofand#160;Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski's luminous illustrationsand#160;paired with Mary Logue's poetic andand#160;unadorned languageand#160;frame the very simple-sounding question: does everything in the world go to sleep?and#160;This is aand#160;book certain to give you good dreams!
2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award
In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny and#8211; like cadence: and#8220;Does everything in the world go to sleep?and#8221; the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides and#8220;in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,and#8221; she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenskiand#8217;s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
Regardless of what you call your littleand#160;sweetheart, your little shrimp, orand#160;yourand#160;little loved one, this brand new board book is a great way to say good night toand#160;every sleepy child!
and#8220;Good night, my jewel . . . Good night, my shrimp!and#8221; When itand#8217;s time for baby to close her eyes and go to sleep, say good night with this winsome board book, published first in France as Bonne Nuit! Whether youand#8217;re reading to your bug, your treasure, or your dumpling, this bookand#8217;s affectionate tone, luscious colors, endearing round-headed babies, and die-cut moon are just right for sending her off to dreamland.
About the Author
Benoand#238;t Marchon was born in 1950. He studied letters and art history before beginning his career in publishing for adults and children. He has created many books for children as a writer for Bayard in France.
Soledad Bravi is a French illustrator born in Paris in 1965. She worked in advertising as an art director before she began her illustration career. She has designed for adult magazines including Elle, in addition to her work for children.