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 mother’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.
"While Lewis's previous books (Orange Peel's Pocket; Every Year on Your Birthday) have dealt with Asian adoption, this soothing bedtime rhyme is addressed to sleepyheads in general. A mother carries a small, sleepy girl upstairs to an airy bedroom as she weaves a series of 'moonflower stories' about animals, 'Like the one about the baby bear/ Simply much too tired to eat,/ Who made the moonflowers' petals/ A pillow for his feet.' The text forms the scaffolding for Corace's (Gibbous Moony Wants to Bite You!) elegant spreads, in which distinctively stylized, sharp-cornered figures are muted by a twilight palette. Following the text closely, Corace creates spacious nighttime scenes reassuringly free of threat or fear. Massed flowers, foliage, and branches loom protectively over the animals, echoing the forms of the parent animals who guard their young under a smiling full moon. In a quiet but dramatic closing moment, the walls of the child's room open out onto the night sky and the moonflowers like an elaborate theater set, a tacit acknowledgment of the longing many children feel for a life that's a little closer to nature. Ages 3 7. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A pretty…bedtime story." Kirkus Reviews
"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." School Library Journal
"Sweet Dreams captures the essence of the genre. The writing is light and benevolent, the drawings both familiar and fresh." Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Rose A. Lewis is the author of numerous children's books, including the New York Times
bestseller I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
Jen Corace is the bestselling author-illustrator of Little Pea and many other books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.