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Pirates Don't Take Baths

FAR FAR AWAY

alistair & kip's great adventure

The lonely moose

carrot soup

sleepyhead

the reluctant dragon

THIS is maine

mama loves you

little mouse and elephant

musicians of bremen

Publishers Weekly

It's bedtime and someone has a master procrastinator on her hands: "Your teeth are brushed,/ your book is read./ Go to sleep./ it's time for bed." Segal adds visual intrigue by casting the character in the caregiver role as a cat, and the title Sleepyhead as a teddy-like bear. Every time the feline points out that all the bedtime ritual bases have been covered, the cub retorts with a request for "one more" of something—a hug, a kiss, "one more story said just right/ one more gaze upon the night." Exhaustion finally wins, but not before giving readers plenty of opportunities for a goodnight giggle. Wilson's (Bear Snores On) rhyming, lilting narrative wryly captures the domestic brinkmanship. Expressive typography, which uses rising and falling font sizes, and even the spacing between words, gives voice to the caregiver's thinning patience and the cub's obstinacy. Segal's (Carrot Soup) velvety watercolors run an expertly paced gamut from tiny spot drawings to bravura full-bleed spreads. Their whimsical tone becomes more profound as it conveys how the cub's intractability fuels his imagination. When the cub insists on another drink of water, Segal portrays the feline clutching an outstretched glass as she tries to navigate a rowboat in an ocean, while Sleepyhead rides bareback on a swordfish. A fresh and funny take on a familiar battle of wills. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

School Library Journal

In this rhyming time-for-bed tale, a cat plays the role of adult and a teddy bear becomes the resistant youngster. With teeth brushed and story read, Sleepyhead is ready to be tucked in, but the bear procrastinates with pleas for one more book, cuddle, kiss, etc. Open picture books scattered across the floor and the images on a quilt provide inspiration for imaginary visual adventures as the youngster continues to put off the inevitable. Sleepyhead calls for One more drink while riding the waves on the back of a swordfish and One more blanky while floating on ice floes with penguins and walruses. Segal's stylized watercolor illustrations play with size to great effect. A close-up of Sleepyhead requesting One more hug with outstretched arms spans two pages. The fonts are appropriately small for the patient kitten's soothing phrases, We've kissed our kiss, your quilt is spread, and grow larger for the Go to sleep directives. Children will relish the playful bedtime rituals. Expect requests for this book to be read one more time.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Library Goddess

Karma Wilson is back with an adorable bedtime book called Sleepyhead. She writes with a lovely softly repetitive cadence about the process of putting a reluctant child to bed. The beautiful illustrations are done in soft watercolor washes. This is a perfect book to have in your home collection for those tricky bedtimes. -Rhiannon

 

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