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Wednesday 20 November 2013

Review: How Many Sleeps Till My Birthday?

Along with “When will it be Christmas?” and “Are we there yet?”, one question parents of young children will be familiar with is “How many sleeps till my birthday?” That’s the premise of this story written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Sebastien Braun, both of whom have created a bunch of other picture books.

Little Pip is extremely excited and anxious to know how long he has to wait until his birthday. In fact, he is anticipating it so much that he wakes up one morning and tells Daddy Grizzle that the very special day has already arrived.
Daddy Grizzle, his brain muffled with sleep, leaps out of bed all worried he has forgotten about Little Pip’s birthday. Then he realises what’s going on. Each day after that, Little Pip awakes and asks the question, “How many sleeps till my birthday?”

The line is repeated throughout the story, as is Daddy Grizzle’s response, as they count down to the big day. Both the repetition and counting down are perfect for encouraging children to join in with the story.

Daddy Grizzle finds different ways of distracting Little Pip, and preparing a surprise. Will Little Pip’s birthday ever arrive? What will the celebrations be like when it does? Read How Many Sleeps Till My Birthday? and you’ll find out!

Title: How Many Sleeps Till My Birthday?
Author: Mark Sperring
Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
Publisher: Puffin, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718196578
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture book