Go Back to Sleep

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After carefully tucking all his toys into their beds, Harry falls asleep. All of a suddenBAAA! SQUEAK! MEOW! All of his toys are wide awake and ready to play. What is Harry to do? The secret life of toys excites every child's imagination. Go Back to Sleep is the luminous and utterly charming Blue Apple debut of illustrator Pascale Constantin. This fanciful bedtime story of a child becoming parent to his toys is sure to be a favorite.

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Overview

After carefully tucking all his toys into their beds, Harry falls asleep. All of a suddenBAAA! SQUEAK! MEOW! All of his toys are wide awake and ready to play. What is Harry to do? The secret life of toys excites every child's imagination. Go Back to Sleep is the luminous and utterly charming Blue Apple debut of illustrator Pascale Constantin. This fanciful bedtime story of a child becoming parent to his toys is sure to be a favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Nelson DeWald
Willy John Jones and "the toys that he owns;" Bo Bear, Wheelie the Mouse, Charlie A. Sheep, Kitty and Sailor Monkey go through their nightly bedtime ritual in this appealing story. Willy carefully removes each toy from his bed and puts them down for the evening in their favorite spots of nighttime rest. After everyone is asleep the toys begin to wake each other one at a time. The noises of a grunting bear, baaing sheep, meowing kitty, and a talking monkey awaken Willy; who then proceeds to put each animal back to sleep, one at a time, in his bed. This is a fun, whimsical, soothing, bedtime story of animals with personality and a boy who has the power to restore peace and quiet to his bedroom. Warm, energy-filled illustrations and pleasing rhyme serve to charm and entrance the reader. The book has cut pages which allow each animal to have its own special page, while showing all the other animals in the same two page spread. This "cut page" device enhances the cumulative effect of Willy first taking the animals away from the bed to put them in their special places, then of adding animals to the bed. Jones delivers a simply satisfying bedtime tale which will delight young readers as it becomes a nightly favorite.
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy goes through his bedtime routine with his toy animals, but must do it again in reverse when their ruckus wakes him up in the middle of the night. Layered pages show Willy carefully taking each toy off his bed and placing it in its favorite spot in his room before he falls asleep. But Bo Bear is rather naughty, beginning a chain reaction that wakes up all the toys and leads to such a ruckus that Willy wakes up. The layered pages then return in reverse, showing Willy gathering each toy and placing it back on the bed, where they all fall asleep together. A delightful rhyming beginning sputters in the middle of the tale when it disappears entirely, reemerging only sporadically after that. Observant youngsters might wonder why it's Sailor Monkey who says, "Wind me up!" instead of the mouse with the key in its back. Constantin has mastered the art of facial expression, and her illustrations are enchanting, sure to lure youngsters to dreamland along with Willy. Cute despite its flaws. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609051310
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvie Jones has been writing rhymes since the third grade, when she was given an assignment to write a limerick about her favorite animal. "There Once Was a Ring-tailed Lemur" became an instant hit, and she has been creating rhymes ever since. Sylvie lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and her five-year-old son.

Pascale Constantin has enjoyed creating art from the moment she realized that she could create better illustrations than the ones she found in her schoolbooks. She spent several years making sculptures for the TV and film industry before turning to illustration. She has illustrated children's books in both Canada and the United States. She now lives and works in Montreal.

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