Can't Sleep


With soothing and sweeping blues and yellows and a lyrical, simple text, Chris Raschka shows a little dog who can't sleep. As his brother, and then parents all Fall asleep, the moon stays awake and comforts the little sleepless dog.

The moon comforts bedtime fears.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $38.47   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (NOOK Kids Read to Me)
$6.99 price
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.


With soothing and sweeping blues and yellows and a lyrical, simple text, Chris Raschka shows a little dog who can't sleep. As his brother, and then parents all Fall asleep, the moon stays awake and comforts the little sleepless dog.

The moon comforts bedtime fears.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A wakeful pup watches and listens as his brother, his mother and his father settle down for the night. Assured that "the moon will stay awake for you" after his family has fallen asleep and he's feeling frightened and lonely, he, too, finally drops off. In the morning he returns the favor as the moon goes to bed, and it's the young dog's turn to stay awake and keep her safe. With just a few strokes of his brush, Raschka (Yo? Yes!), an almost visionary minimalist and a master of whimsy, outlines the sleeping household, and sets the story asail across a nighttime sky of peaceful blue. One by one, as the faithful glowing moon looks on, the household lights go out and the twinkling stars emerge. The prose is hushed, both soothingly repetitive and restrained, and the comforting images-the moon kissing the sleeping pup goodnight, for example-will linger on longer after the book is closed. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marla Frenzel
This book will comfort the bedtime fears of the toddler-preschool set. When the whole family goes to bed, the moon is always there, keeping watch ever everyone. The moon stays awake until everyone is sleeping and keeps everyone safe. When morning comes, however, the moon goes to sleep and the children may then stay awake to keep the moon safe. This final exchange of places will delight the youngest ones, making them feel as important as the moon. The illustrations in bright watercolors, mostly blues, keep the book from being too scary and dark, even as it talks about the nighttime.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Kids, just like adults, sometimes have difficulty falling asleep. For them, the noises and shadows of night can be a little scary. Raschka paints a soothing picture and offers a poetic text for those getting ready to drift off but who just can't seem to get to sleep. A blue background rather than the more frightening black of nighttime fills most of the pages. There are small insets bathed in the yellow glow of moonlight--for it is the moon who is constantly attentive while little ones listen to the nighttime sounds of a brother snoring and parents preparing for bed. Sleep finally comes, and after watching out for everyone, the moon goes to bed during the day, and we are asked to watch out for her and keep her safe. Raschka's simple strokes and splashes of color produce illustrations of surprising complexity and emotion. The original picture book works equally well in this new board book format. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-KRaschka's minimalist watercolors feature a benign full-moon looking down upon a small brown dog who's having trouble getting to sleep. The bedrooms represented by yellow squares placed on a deep blue page shine like lit windows, allowing readers and the moon to watch as each family member prepares for bed. As brother, mother, and father fall asleep, the lights go out and they become one with the night, leaving the youngest awake, lonely, and a bit afraid. But the moon hovers over the dog-child and promises to stay awake, keeping watch over him as he drifts off to sleep. In the morning, the dog repays the favor and keeps the moon safe. The careful layout of text and illustration adds greatly to the mood and poetic rhythm of this enchanting bedtime story. Some simple lines, various geometric shapes, and repeated phrases are transformed into a soothing lullabye that can be read to one special child or to a small group.Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Kay Weisman
A young dog with insomnia listens as his older brother, mother, and father prepare for bed. They are unaware of his nighttime fears, but he takes comfort from the moon outside his window, knowing that it "will stay / awake for you / until you too / are sleeping." The pup also realizes that he will be able to repay the moon's kindness: "When morning comes / the moon will go / to bed. Now you may stay awake / and keep her safe." Raschka's simple watercolor illustrations feature a prominent yellow moon against a soothing blue background. Indoor scenes, set in yellow, windowlike squares, keep children aware of who is still awake in the house. As the night and the story progress, the moon travels across the page, finally kissing its canine charge as he falls asleep. A calming bedtime read, this will be popular at story hours or at home.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531094792
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A BALL FOR DAISY and THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW. He is also the illustrator of YO! YES? (which won a Caldecott Honor), SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE, CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP, and FARMY FARM. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)