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Thursday 17 December 2015

Review: Shhh! I'm Sleeping

Nono can't sleep. Popov is snoring too much, so she asks Misha if they can read a story together. 'Come up on my bed,' says Misha and the two snuggle in for a read.

Pedro is awake now. He wants to sleep on one of the top bunks--he doesn't like sleeping down so low. Then someone wants to borrow a toy. Someone else wants a drink of water. And pretty soon, everyone wants to join in the storytelling with Misha.

By the end of the story, our entire cast of characters is up on the very top bunk reading a book--except Popov who continues to snore like a freight train.

This is a humorous tale of cause and effect with a smile-worthy ending and loads of speech bubbles and visual happenings between two sets of quadruple bunks. Kids will love exploring the little details and changes in this same bedroom scene as characters move around the beds.

Rife with quirky illustration, this book is marketed at babies, but while babies would certainly enjoy the imagery and animals, I believe its concepts are too 'sophisticated' for kids under two. There's so much to enjoy--both visually and narratively, I've upped the reading age considerably.

And you can add grown people to that age range, too.

Title: Shhh! I'm Sleeping
Author/Illustrator: Dorothee de Monfreid
Publisher: Gecko Press, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2015
Format: Hard cover, tall
ISBN: 9781927271957
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book, Board Book for older readers