Synopses & Reviews
Every kind of bird and beast has to sleep, from the monkeys in the jungle to the whales in the ocean to the ants under the ground.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; But not Fred. Hisand#160;to-do list is far too long!and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Armed with plenty of imagination, this determined little boy and his attempts toand#160;resist bedtime are sure to strike a chord with todayand#39;s over scheduled families.and#160;Drowsy animals of all stripes look on in disbelief as Fred keeps on going and going and going,and#160;until . . .and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Could it be that, after so much activity,and#160;evenand#160;Fred needs to rest?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Shhh. Close the book softly, and please let Fred sleep.and#160;
"In illustrator Hall's first book as author, too, a family's diminutive, anxiety-ridden pug, Conrad, is plagued with sleeplessness. Conrad's enormous, moist eyes widen in consternation as he watches the family head upstairs ('Everyone is getting ready for bed./ Ã¢Â€Â˜Good night, everyone,' they all said'), leaving him alone. Hall (Because You Are My Teacher) works in casual, swoopy watercolor, gouache, and ink, painting fields of dark purples and blues and pools of moonlight as Conrad wanders far and wide, discovering that other animals aren't bothered by insomnia. 'Ducks sleep swimming in a row./ What about plants? I don't know./ Frogs spend their nights/ at the bottoms of lakes.../ A bear sleeps for months before he wakes.' Conrad even takes a diminutive motorboat out into the sea to check out sleeping otters, as well as a polar bear slumbering on an ice floe, where the pug's eyes take on an especially alarmed cast. Straightforward verse and pared-down spreads make for even pacing, and the story moves smartly to its conclusion as Conrad finally finds companionship and consolation. Ages 3 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A dreamlike narrative. . . . Magical, ethereal tone. . . . Intriguing illustrations in ink, watercolor and gouache capture the mysterious tone of the world at night, with a wide variety of perspectives. . . . An inventive . . . look at the nighttime world of nature.” Kirkus Reviews
andquot;A fun addition to the bedtime canon.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
* andquot;Schneiderand#39;s deadpan delivery, combined with his ability to populate a world of realistically rendered animals in fanciful settings or situations, is a comedic win...Ingenious.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
* andquot;From visual gags like jellyfish in sleep masks...to verse mocking soporific picture-book rhymes...itand#39;s a pitch perfect parody. Sorry, parents: kids will be too busy laughing to get sleepy reading this one.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;A bedtime story sure to inspire dreams of imaginative antics.andquot;
Praise for Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneiderand#160;andquot;Schneider continues to show a remarkable talent for bringing uncommon humor and psychological depth to ordinary situations. . . . Another winner.andquot; andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred reviewand#160;andquot;[This] playful take on the beauty makeover upends expectations with comedicandmdash;and powerfulandmdash;results. . . .and#160;A testament to the joy of creation and a celebration of a different kind of beauty.andquot; andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
In this good-night book that explains how a variety of animals go to sleep, the sun has set and the whole family has gone to bed, except for their dog, Conrad. Curious to find out if anyone else is awake, he wanders far and wide—through fields and forests, across lakes and oceans—only to find all creatures fast asleep. Conrad is wide-awake, although counting a herd of snoring sheep does make him drowsy! Is everyone asleep?
Marcellus Hall’s lush nighttime scenes glow with warmth in this playful bedtime story, which features a variety of land and sea creatures, and is narrated by a funny little goggle-eyed pug who will steal readers’ hearts.
Inand#160;Geisel Award-winner Josh Schneider's latest picture book, an ambitious young protagonist with an active imagination and a hefty to-do list resists bedtime with adventurous flair. Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred),
offers a hilarious, over-the-top take on a common childhood issue, packed with delicious visual detail and kid-appeal. Just right for fans of Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
and Mercer Mayer's Just Go to Bed.
About the Author
Marcellus Hall (www.marcellushall.com) also illustrated Cybils Award finalist The Cow Loves Cookies (by Karma Wilson); Texas Bluebonnet Award winner City I Love and Full Moon and Star (both by Lee Bennett Hopkins); and Because I Am Your Daddy, Because You Are My Baby, and Because You Are My Teacher (all by Sherry North). Everyone Sleeps is the first children’s book that he has also written. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Time, Parenting, and Nickelodeon Magazine. He has self-published several books of drawings and writings, including Hard Luck Stories and Legends of the Infinite City. He is also a musician, and his solo album The First Line was released in 2011. He lives in New York City.