Even if they don’t love bedtime itself, all children love an enchanting bedtime story. Caldecott-winning Zagarenski’s mixed media illustrations combine with Logue’s soothing, gentle text to carry the reader into a sleepy state that’s sure to bring about the sweetest of dreams.
My favorite bedtime book, this charming tale is of a girl who isn’t sleepy. Through dreamy art exploring a number of very sleepy animals, with crisp cozy details as well, this book is gorgeous in image and words!
A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book
In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
About the Author
Award-winning author Mary Logue has written more than twenty books for children. She lives on the Mississippi with writer Pete Hautman. This is her first book with Houghton Mifflin.
Pamela Zagarenski is the winner of two Caldecott Honors. The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor's Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates paintings and has a gift card line. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at pzagarenski.com, on Instagram @sacredbee, and Twitter @sacredbeez.
"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go--security and a trusted companion." —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." —Booklist, starred review
"Zagarenski's dreamy mixed-media illustrations are as calm and comforting as Logue's understated prose." —Horn Book
"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." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Logue’s text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenski’s layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.” —New York Times Online
"The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. . . . [A] memorable picture book." —School Library Journal, starred review