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Friday 30 September 2011

My Fave Dr Seuss Book: Sally Hall

When asked for my favourite Dr Seuss story, many sprang to mind. I could recall phrases and the crazy, cartoon characters with even crazier names despite the years that had passed since I had picked up a Dr Seuss book.

There were so many to choose from. 

My younger brother loved One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish which was read over and over and over again (he loved the counting and grew up to be an accountant). There was The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham or what about the ABC book or Fox in Socks?

But to settle on a favourite?  Well, here it is.
The Sleep Book.
This quirky tale is designed to send children off to sleep with a smile on their faces.

When my sons were smaller we used to read snuggled together on the lounge, but whenever The Sleep Book was selected we’d pack up and camp in someone’s bed (usually accompanied by some giggling) because The Sleep Book demands that it is to be read in bed.
The story begins with a small bug yawning and follows various creatures from all over the land who are sleeping or preparing for bed. The Audio-Telly-O-Tally-O-Count machine keeps track of how many sleepers are asleep until finally everyone is.
It finishes with ‘Good night’, a perfect end to a book that has clearly stood the test of time. I hope that one day my sons will read it to their children, in bed of course!

Sally Hall is the founder of Need to Read This - a site dedicated to all things fabulously bookish.