From her inaugural image (a pajama-clad tot leaning sleepily against an elephant's leg) Caldecott Honor artist Meade (Hush! A Thai Lullaby) introduces a thoroughly engaging cast of characters as she takes an entertaining and informative look at where various animals choose to rest at the end of the day. On each spread, the author asks a question and answers it with the turn of a page, revealing where one species reposes and then challenging readers to guess where the next might select to sleep. Featuring a lilting, lullaby-like cadence, her narrative rolls easily off the tongue: "When his bananas are all gone,/ and sleep is coming on, where might this monkey swing to?/ High to a limb,/ and limp as a peel,/ that's the place/ you'll find him." The volume's innovative design features an oversize format and type that sprawls across the pages in various configurations, aping the motion of the creatures. Meade effectively combines two artistic styles: after spare and striking collage art offers a close-up, full-color depiction of each animal, readers flip the page to find a more abstract black-and-white silhouette of the critter in its resting place. Concluding with a scene in which two children fall asleep (in "beds clean and soft,/ under covers and with kisses"), this is a soothing bedtime read for young animal lovers. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In riddle format, Meade asks readers to think about where various animals sleep. Children are treated to large, distinctive collages of such animals as a bear snoozing in a tree, a puppy trying to think where to sleep, a jack-rabbit hopping to "her cozy burrow," and finally a boy and girl "Tucked in and tuckered out-." Each question appears with a colorful collage of the animal on one page; turn the page to see a graphically bold, black-and-white illustration of where it sleeps. The language is descriptive as well: "Where oh where would this fish float to, to find a siesta of sorts?" [Turn the page] "The shadows of the shallows suit this fish-." Finally, readers learn a fact about how each animal sleeps, such as elephants don't lie down, fish keep their eyes open, etc. With its oversized format, stunning art, and lyrical text, this is a great choice for storyhours as well as bedtime reading.-Cathie Reed, The Montessori School, Lutherville, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
An assortment of animals and two children choose where to snooze in this colorful, oversized picture book. As always, Meade's (When Papa Snores, 2000, etc.) collage art is striking. This time she works in two very different styles, the first using colorful pieces of cut and torn painted and textured paper to create page-sized pictures, the other on a much smaller scale employing stark black and white in exquisitely designed vignettes placed on an expanse of creamy space. On the right-hand side of the pages, the animals are introduced and depicted in color, their personalities emerging in a few deft strokes. "When this bear needs / to snooze, where / does he choose to / lay down his furry self?" The answer is found by turning the page to see a much smaller bear, depicted in black and white, slumbering in the arms of a tree. The alliterative text is rich in wordplay: the slumbering bear slumps, a sleek seal sleeps, and a "minuscule mouse needs a nest to rest in." Lines of text curve across the opposing and contrasting pages, but this apparent attempt to unify results in some of the words practically disappearing into the gutter, making them difficult to read. Although individual aspects here are delightful, unfortunately they remain separate, and neither the design nor the text is strong enough to unify them. An interesting experiment that doesn't succeed. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)