No More Yawning!

No More Yawning!

by Paeony Lewis, Brita Granstrom
     
 
It's monkeyshines at bedtime in a story as infectious as yawning! The second Florence and Arnold story, following NO MORE COOKIES.

Seven o'clock: Time for Florence and her plush pal Arnold to hit the hay. Florence must be tired--her yawns are getting BIGGER by the minute. But neither little girl nor toy monkey can possibly go to bed. Not now. Now when there are

Overview

It's monkeyshines at bedtime in a story as infectious as yawning! The second Florence and Arnold story, following NO MORE COOKIES.

Seven o'clock: Time for Florence and her plush pal Arnold to hit the hay. Florence must be tired--her yawns are getting BIGGER by the minute. But neither little girl nor toy monkey can possibly go to bed. Not now. Now when there are good-night kisses to give and lullabies to sing and stories to tell and sheep to count! These two are driving Mom BANANAS with their stay-awake shenanigans, and soon she's yawning, too. Good thing she know the secret to falling asleep....A story as infectious as yawning--with a bonus section of sleep tips!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christina M. Desai
This story deals with the perennial problem of getting children to sleep, but this one is told from the child's, Florence's, point of view and that of her stuffed monkey, Arthur. Her methods include the usual singing of lullabies (to the wakeful Arthur), getting a drink of water, counting sheep, etc., followed by more active strategies, such as drawing and cutting out sheep, telling and coloring stories, all ostensibly to mollify Arthur. The refrain of "We're trying to sleep. we really are" may induce sleep in the reader, but neither Florence nor Arthur falls asleep, though their yawns increase in size and number. The sprawling illustrations include Florence's amusing crayon drawings on construction paper. As the clutter and activity and bright colors mount up in her room, it is not surprising that Florence cannot settle down. In the end mother joins her and both fall asleep together, though Florence wakes up to relate the end of the story. While not brilliant or terribly original, the book has quiet charm, and is a realistic portrayal of a very familiar family situation. Reviewer: Christina M. Desai
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Florence is trying to sleep-she really is!-but there are a million unavoidable interruptions. First, she needs Mom to kiss her toy monkey, Arnold, goodnight. Then, he needs a lullaby. Then, Florence is thirsty and Arnold wants to hear a monkey story; then Florence has to draw, number, and cut out a bunch of sheep to count...but, eventually, Mom comes up with a soothing solution, and almost everyone falls asleep. This wonderful lapsit is punctuated throughout with Florence's predictable refrain, "We're trying to sleep, we really are," which children will find easy to anticipate and repeat without getting too keyed up about it. A text-intensive epilogue, "Tips on Falling to Sleep," is clearly directed at grown-ups baffled by their own little night owls. (Florence delivers the tips herself and directs them to children, but no naps, no soda, no showers, regular bedtime, and relaxing routine are definitely hints for adults.) She concludes by suggesting a "Dream Scrapbook" filled with drawings. Granström's cartoons do an unremarkable job of illustrating the story, and that's fine; this book is carried far more by Florence's creative attempts to stall than by the artwork.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC

Kirkus Reviews
"No more yawning. Go to sleep!" states Mom emphatically. Like every other toddler, Florence-or rather, Arnold her stuffed monkey-has trouble settling down to sleep. Arnold's successive "needs" for kissing, singing, stories, counting sheep and colors, drawing and cutting have Florence yawning more widely while she innocently protests to exacerbated Mom, "We're trying to sleep, we really are." Sleep finally arrives to all three just as one "noisy yawn as big as an elephant" escapes from one exhausted parent. Full-page mixed-media drawings of a bit disheveled, tired mom and perky preschooler surround a familiar theme with repetitive phrases. And just in case you didn't know this, Mom, Florence is ready to provide "Tips on Falling to Sleep" along with her suggested "Dream Scrapbook" of dream drawings for young pre-readers. This British import will provide additional ammunition to the plethora of bedtime-wars books. Peaceful nights and "Sweeeet Dreams!" (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545029575
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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