Little Bunny's Sleepless Night

Little Bunny's Sleepless Night

by Carol Roth, Valeri Gorbachev
     
 

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Carol Roth and Valeri Gorbachev are one of NorthSouth Books bestselling author-illustrator pairs.

Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he can’t fall asleep. If only he had the company of a good friend. But when Little Bunny tries to spend the night with each of his buddies—Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl—he soon discovers

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Carol Roth and Valeri Gorbachev are one of NorthSouth Books bestselling author-illustrator pairs.

Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he can’t fall asleep. If only he had the company of a good friend. But when Little Bunny tries to spend the night with each of his buddies—Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl—he soon discovers that his own bed is best.

A perfect bedtime story to tuck in your own little snugglebunny!  Back in print after being unavailable for a period, fans of Carol Roth's last book, Where's My Mommy?, will be thrilled to have this readaloud storybook to add to their collection.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This picture book scores high points on the snuggle scale and is just the ticket for the train to Nod." Publishers Weekly on Little Bunny's Sleepless Night
Susan Schmidt
Little Bunny, an only child, is lonely in the night, so he visits his friends, butis bothered by Squirrel's crunching, Skunk's small, Porcupine's loose quills, Bear's snoring, and Owl's night-owl hours. Predictably, he ends up at home. The pen-and-ink illustrations, which use sketchy texture lines and are filled in with watercolor washes, add a touch of humor to this appealing bedtime story.
The Horn Book Guide
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Goldilocks trying out successive porridge servings, chairs and beds until she finds the one that is just right, so Little Bunny, an "only" rabbit faced with loneliness at bedtime, hops away from home in search of "the company of a good friend." Welcomed with open arms wherever he goes, he nevertheless finds that the accommodations never quite measure up--Squirrel's place is too noisy, what with all the nut-cracking, Skunk's is too smelly, Porcupine's too prickly and so on. In the end, he returns eagerly to his own bed for some proper shut-eye. Roth's (Whose Mess Is This?) breezy style is right on target for this merry bedtime tale, which also serves as a gentle reminder to nocturnal migrants that there truly is no place like one's own bed. Gorbachev's (Nicky and the Big Bad Wolves) pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork has a homespun coziness, which is amplified by his busy use of line and crosshatching. Generously tinted with humor, the illustrations radiate security as they offer up a cheerful menagerie of animal friends decked out in pajamas. This picture book scores high points on the snuggle scale and is just the ticket for the train to Nod. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
An "only rabbit" faced with loneliness at bedtime hops away from home in search of "the company of a good friend" and finds that accommodations never quite measure up. In PW's words, "the breezy style is right on target for this merry bedtime tale." Ages 4-7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Little Bunny has slumber woes. He can't get to sleep because he is all-alone. When he travels to the houses of friends for relief he finds other problems. Squirrel's nut-cracking habit is too loud. It smells at Skunk's house. Porcupine's quill bed is ouchy! After five unsuccessful visits, Little Bunny discovers his own bed is truly the very best.
Children's Literature - Lynelle Lawrence
Little Bunny has his very own room with his very own bed in it and some nights he gets so lonely that he just can't fall asleep. On one such night, he decides to visit a friend's house for some comforting companionship and a sleepover. But each new friend he visits has a unique quality that keeps him awake: Squirrel crunches acorns, Skunk smells horrible, Porcupine is prickly, Bear snores too loud, and Owl keeps the lights on all night long. Finally after a very sleepless night, Little Bunny realizes that his own bed in his own room is the perfect one for him, and too tired to hop, drags himself home to a good night's sleep. Accompanied by softly colored illustrations and sweetly drawn characters, Little Bunny's nighttime travails unfold with charm and humor, leading to a bedtime lesson that is as timeless as it is true: sometimes there is just no place like home.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-"Little Bunny had no brothers or sisters. He had his very own room with his very own bed." One night, he is so lonely that he can't sleep, and he goes in search of company. First he stays with Squirrel, who crunches acorns loudly in the middle of the night. Then, he goes to Skunk, who forgets he has company and sprays; and finally, after a few more stopovers, he shows up at the door of Owl, who keeps the light burning way too late. Owl tells Little Bunny, "I stay up reading every night. That's how I got to be so wise" and gives the sleepy fellow some good advice for a predictable yet satisfying ending. The story and artwork are loaded with child appeal. The plot has a good rhythm to it, with a gentle echo of the loneliness some children may feel all alone in a big bed. The pictures are done in soft colors and scratchy yet supple lines to create a nighttime world of endearing animals. This book isn't likely to win any major awards but it will get repeated bedtime readings in lots of households.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A very minimal imaginative effort starring Little Bunny, identified as an only child (although there are no parents commented upon or seen) who is feeling a bit lonely as he tries to go to sleep. He hops off to Squirrel's house; Squirrel readily invites him in, but proves to be a midnight snacker who makes too much noise with his acorns. Little Bunny tries Skunk's house, but there is a minor accident of the aromatic kind, so Little Bunny moves on. At Porcupine's a few errant quills send him packing; at Bear's, the snoring can be registered on the Richter scale; at Owl's, lights burn into the night as Owl feeds his keen intelligence. Owl's words of wisdom: "Just go back home where you belong." Little Bunny does, and falls asleep. Readers probably already know that there is no place like home, but the other messages—that friends are a bother, that it's better to be lonely, that individual quirks cannot be accommodated—will be new. Gorbachev's illustrations are great, colorful scene-setting tableaux, owing more than a nod to Richard Scarry. (Picture book. 4-7) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735841239
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,241,948
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

CAROL ROTH has always loved writing. Carol’s many wonderful books include The Little School Bus, Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?, and Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs: An Upside-Down, Turn-Around Bathtime Counting Book. She has worked with Valeri Gobachev on a number of bestselling projects, including Little Bunny's Sleepless Night, which had once been unavailable but is now being brought back to the public.  Carol lives in New Jersey (USA) with her husband, Mark.

VALERI GORBACHEV is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books, both in the United States and in Europe, including Nicky and the Big Bad Wolves and Where is the Apple Pie? Mr. Gorbachev emigrated to the United States from the Ukraine in 1991 and now lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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