The Napping House

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A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing?WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood's beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the ...

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Overview

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing—WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood's beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. A CD is tucked into a sleeve on the inside the front cover. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children's musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen. The CD begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself.

In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

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Editorial Reviews

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It's a rainy night, and granny is snoring on her bed. A sleepy boy plops on top of her, then a dog crawls up and dozes off on top of him. Next, a cat leaps up and settles for a snooze, and a teeny mouse jumps to the tippy top of the slumbering pile. All sleep happily, until a wakeful flea bites the mouse...ouch!!! Wood uses gradual changes in color and perspective, and her gleeful cumulative tale ends in sunshine and play.
From the Publisher
star "An appealing, stylish book that is perfect for story hours."—Booklist (starred)


Publishers Weekly
A picture-book favorite returns as an oversize board book just right for lap reading: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood. The misty blue artwork that chronicles the "dreaming child," "snoring granny" and a number of additional snoozers seems to bleed off the pages with their rounded corners, until that "wakeful flea" disrupts the sleepers and the sunny colors signal the end of naptime. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
For its twenty-fifth birthday, the Woods' now classic book has had a makeover with very positive results. Let us start with the inviting new cover. The frame around the cover illustration is now gone. The cat and the mouse have joined granny, the child, and the dog on this "bed in a napping house, where everyone is sleeping." The block text has been replaced with one that suggests freedom of movement and is much more indicative of what is to come inside. A new typeface has been used for the text of the story, as well. Richer colors give greater definition to the objects in the bedroom. The blues have a deeper tone that reflects the grey, rainy day. As the reader turns the pages, she will more easily notice the subtle changes in the light in the room as the rain begins to dissipate until finally the sun comes out in all its glory. A CD accompanies this newly reprinted book. On it is a reading of the story which has specific musical notes for each of the creatures on the bed. There are six original songs about rain and rainy weather, and the story has been set to music as well. The tunes and songs have a soft, dreamlike quality—just right for a napping house. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will discover many ways to use these as extensions of the book. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152567088
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 25,553
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood. She lives in Hawaii.


DON WOOD, along with his wife, Audrey, is the creator of many beloved books for children, including The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, a Caldecott Honor Book, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po . The Woods live in Hawaii.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Good for a young reader's home library

    This book can be used in ways besides just reading aloud - it can be used for math lessons as well! The illustrations are a little dark and creepy, in my opinion, but well done and provide a little humor as the characters all pile into the bed for a nap, one on top of the other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    So Funny!

    Five sleepy-heads having a good sleep, then comes along number 6 and all heck breaks loose. What a creative tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Great Book

    This predictable book is great for emergent readers. The illustrations hold the readers attention throughout the lively story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Most wonderful predictable book

    I just love this book. The beautiful pictures and predictable story are perfect for little people learning to read and enjoy books. My nephews were given this book by me and my child now has it as well. Wonderful, simple book to add to your home library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    Beautiful Book!

    The Napping House continues to be everyone's favorite in our house! With it's rhyming paragraphs, little children can learn the words, quickly. Encouraging them to love reading by 'reading' this book to you. Along with the reading, you can spend time finding where all the little creatures have moved in the room before it is even time for them to jump on Granny's bed! The illustrations can't be beat! They are as beautiful as a fine piece of art! This will be a family favorite!! Add this book to your family's library today!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Highly recommend this book, A Must Have for any child

    My daughter bought this book for her neice when she was born. It has been her all time favorite book. She's five now and enjoys it as much as she did the first time she heard it. Have bought a copy of this book for everyone I know who had been pregnant since. They have all said how much they enjoy this book too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2002

    A charming book

    I love this book almost as much as my three year old does! It's beautifully illustrated and the story is wonderfully clever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    An exciting read

    I found this to be a delightful tale giving examples of mood and action. The story is exciting and the illustrations are right on target. The style of the writing (the rhyme scheme used) and illustrations (watercolors) renders the book adorable by any reader of any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Great fun

    This is a charming book seeking the flea on every page and following its journey. Keeps the child's attention for sure. Highly recommend this book and don't forget to find the flea on the gate post at the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    One of my all time favorite read aloud books!

    I gave copies over the years to each of my grandchildren!

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

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    Highly Recommended

    I have given this book to many of the children in my family. My 2 1/2 year old great niece asks to have it read more often than any of her other books. She will even hold it in her lap and pretend to read it to herself. All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed "The Napping House".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Awesome!

    Great story!

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    a very cute rhyming story

    Brings back memories of "The House That Jack Built" which was one of my childhood favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Super book!

    3-year-old goddaughter loved this book as did her older siblings.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    fun story

    it's better than I expected. I'm happy I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Great Story

    This is a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations. My 1st graders love reading this story and discovering who will be joining the pile of napping people/animals on the bed next. Audrey Wood's fantastic story telling skills are put to good use in this book. I highly recommend it and all others written by her. This book will keep you and your children coming back for more time and time again.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    A Fun and Funny Read

    It is a fun story and fun to read. My 2 year old granddaughter absolutely LOVES it! I love reading it to her, using special inflections that help to make the story even more interesting and fun to listen to; waiting to see what happens on the next page. Great Book! Highly Recommended!

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    The headline gave the basic idea of what the story was about, but didn't tell the reader everything. That was good! It created interest.

    This was a great book for teaching children sequencing/order. It would be interesting for them not just the first time they read it, but to retell it later while trying to put the characters in logical order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    wonderfully done....

    my 6 year old grandson loved this boy, amusingly done and very colorful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Family Favorite

    This book was one of my daughter's favorites when she was a littler girl. We read it over and over again. Now, my daughter is grown up and having a baby of her own so I am buying "The Napping House" for my new grandbaby. I pray that my daughter and her first born baby will enjoy the same special bonding time with this book as she and I had many, many years ago.

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