Sunday, July 8, 2007

Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping

This is a new book (published in 2005) that feels like a classic. It's a perfect last book before bedtime. It shows people in a variety of professions sleeping (much more interesting than it sounds)... with the hint that if everyone else is sleeping, shouldn't you be?
Julie Markes' text is simple and rhythmic, yet not over-
complicated or overdone... and it works really well for babies and toddlers.

David Parkins' illustrations are so creative and inventive... as well as warm, bright and inviting. Also, the pictures make me laugh... the grocer is sleeping on a "bed" on lettuce, the farmer's pillow is a sheep, the librarian has a lamp made out of books, etc. I see something new every time I read it.

This book makes a fantastic baby gift.

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