Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping

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Does the farmer sleep on a mattress of hay? Is the baker's bed made of soft, doughy bread? And is the grocer most comfortable resting on a bed of lettuce? No matter what the bed or walls look like, when the day's activities are done, it's time for everyone, big or small, to go to sleep.

With whimsy and humor, Julie Markes and David Parkins show that — although everybody has a unique idea of quiet and order — happy dreams and slumber await all ...

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Overview

Does the farmer sleep on a mattress of hay? Is the baker's bed made of soft, doughy bread? And is the grocer most comfortable resting on a bed of lettuce? No matter what the bed or walls look like, when the day's activities are done, it's time for everyone, big or small, to go to sleep.

With whimsy and humor, Julie Markes and David Parkins show that — although everybody has a unique idea of quiet and order — happy dreams and slumber await all when evening falls.

A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman.

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Part silly, part soothing, here's a first-rate bedtime book. Illustrations show a variety of workers snug in their beds: "The doctor is sleeping. Everyone feels well. The grocer is sleeping. Food's ready to sell." But such straightforward verse belies the visual shenanigans: The doctor cuddles his bandaged teddy bear in a hospital bed, while the grocer snoozes on a bed of lettuce. Details like the doc's zzz-filled medical chart will keep everyone in stitches, but the kids should settle down nicely by book's end, when they too are urged to "sleep tight." (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Although this well-conceived book is based on a simple premise, its execution is wonderfully expansive and enticing. On each spread, rhythmic verses introduce a community helper who is sound asleep, followed by a phrase reassuring readers that this person's responsibilities have been taken care of for the day. "The doctor is sleeping. Everyone feels well./The grocer is sleeping./Food's ready to sell." At story's end, a mother tucks in her baby. While the text is clear and purposeful, it's the art that allows the book to soar. There's a largess to the bright, dynamic paintings that's comforting. Peaceful smiles grace everyone's faces as they nestle deep within their plush beds. The individuals are seen snoozing in the midst of their workplace; the librarian's bed is set up among shelves of books and the fireman dozes in the back of his truck. This is a fun idea, in perfect sync with a child's perspective. Plus, each person cuddles with a special stuffed animal, the teacher with her spectacled owl and the policeman with a raccoon dressed in striped jail fatigues. This book will get youngsters thinking, not just about the inevitability of bedtime but also about how we are all so intimately connected to our communities.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This is a wonderful new story in the bedtime tradition. Now the day is done and everyone (except the reader) has gone to sleep. Each page visits a slumbering person in their perfect occupational background. "The librarian is sleeping. Books put away." Her bed is a large book softened by billowy blankets and pillows and her teddy is still wearing his spectacles, which match hers. Even her lamp is a book. The fireman's bed is bright red and complete with a bell, firehose, and a plush spotted dog. The snoozing policeman is still directing the cars that slide over his highway-decorated quilt. There's even a gardener nestled among his flowers with a blanket of grass. The snoozers are smiling serenely as if their dreams are divine. The story concludes with a final sweet message that will lull any tiny one into a safe and snuggly sleep. In taffy-bright pastels, the magnificent illustrations offer imaginative details that cannot fail to amuse and soothe readers. (Picture book. 2-5)
Booklist (starred review)
“The artwork soars, with amusing, affectionate scenes that…show up beautifully from a distance yet work equally well for bedtime reading.”
Child Magazine
“A first-rate bedtime book.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Author and illustrator make good use of whimsy and fun.”
Booklist
"The artwork soars, with amusing, affectionate scenes that…show up beautifully from a distance yet work equally well for bedtime reading."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060537913
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Markes lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their two sons, Charlie and Nicholas, in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Thanks For Thanksgiving; I Can't Talk Yet, But When I Do ...; Good Thing You're Not An Octopus!; Sidewalk 123; and Sidewalk.

David Parkins is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes, Jeepers Creepers: A Monstrous ABC by Laura Leuck, and Webster J. Duck by Martin Waddell. His illustrations have also appeared in magazines, comics, school textbooks, and newspapers. He lives in Canada with his wife, Angie, and daughter, Hattie.

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