Sleeping Cutie

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Everyone agrees that Cutie LaRue is a perfect child . . . except at bedtime. She just isn't tired. Cutie's parents try absolutely everything to get her to bed--with disastrous results. But finally they discover Night Owl, a wondrous toy that takes Cutie on a fantastic journey to Dreamland.

The award-winning author and illustrator team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney have created a world of magic and music, perfect for children who ...
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Overview

Everyone agrees that Cutie LaRue is a perfect child . . . except at bedtime. She just isn't tired. Cutie's parents try absolutely everything to get her to bed--with disastrous results. But finally they discover Night Owl, a wondrous toy that takes Cutie on a fantastic journey to Dreamland.

The award-winning author and illustrator team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney have created a world of magic and music, perfect for children who just can't seem to fall asleep--and for the sleepless parents who help them through the ordeal. With Cutie LaRue and Night Owl for company, bedtime will never be the same.

Cutie LaRue is perfect in nearly every way, but her sleeplessness causes problems for her parents until they send for a new toy that introduces Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub.

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Children's Literature
Parents of energetic non-sleepers will sympathize with Cutie La Rue's mother and father, though few will have tried the remedy they discover. Enter Night Owl, a white satin bird with a top hat and a touch of magic. At the press of a button, the nattily dressed owl takes Cutie and her toys on a nighttime tour of a jazzy dreamland "uptown," replete with jazz piano, snare drums, soft-shoe routines, and songs belted out by Night Owl until Cutie just has to join the jam. Sure enough, after a night of fun at the Dreamland Nightclub, the exhausted little girl falls fast asleep till morning. Success at last, thanks to Night Owl! Husband and wife team of author (Andrea Davis Pinkney) and illustrator (Brian Pinkney), having brought kids award-winning books about Duke Ellington, Alvin Ailey, and Ella Fitzgerald, now incorporate their love for jazz and dance into fiction for the youngest readers with a burst of movement and color (brilliant purples, magentas, yellows, and oranges) and a radical change from scratchboard, the illustrator's more controlled signature technique. Combining action, music, and a snowy owl faintly reminiscent of Harry Potter's, this swinging bedtime story brings some very cool magic and fantasy to the younger set and may even wear out a toddler who wants to dance till dawn. 2004, Gulliver/Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-No one is more adept at avoiding bedtime than Cutie LaRue. After being driven to distraction, the child's exasperated parents find a magical remedy for those sleepness nights. They order a talking Night Owl doll from the Trusty Trinket toy catalog. After Mom and Dad leave the bedroom, Night Owl comes to life and takes Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub, where the party never stops. It's a rollicking good time finding out whether or not Cutie's shenanigans with the Slumber Brothers, Satin Doll, and Sandman will ever tucker her out. Bright watercolor spreads are a perfect canvas for Brian Pinkney's playful trademark pen-and-ink illustrations. A satisfying read-aloud for little insomniacs.-Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cutie LaRue is sweet as cream-until bedtime rolls around. Nothing makes Cutie sleep at night, and her temper tantrums at bedtime are a thing to behold. Her desperate parents buy a talking doll, Night Owl, guaranteed to sing a child to sleep. Cutie's unimpressed by Night Owl, who, splendid in white top hat and tails, only says "sweet dreams" when its belly is pressed. But when her parents go to sleep, Night Owl leaps up and brings Cutie uptown to the Dreamland Nightclub, where they dance and sing all night with Cutie's dolls. Cutie soft-shoes, plays the piano, and jams on the snare drums, before finally falling fast asleep. Cutie's jazzy Nutcracker adventures make bedtime something to be looked forward to ever after. Nothing here on the level of some of the Pinkneys' other work-the attractive, brightly colored ink illustrations emphasize sweetness over artistic richness-but the musical interlude adds a lively touch of nightclub excitement to this bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-5)
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"It's a rollicking good time finding out whether or not Cutie's shenanigans with the Slumber Brothers, Satin Doll, and Sandman will ever tucker her out. Bright watercolor spreads are a perfect canvas for Brian Pinkney's playful trademark pen-and-ink illustrations. A satisfying read-aloud for little insomniacs." School Library Journal

"With washes bright enough to waken any sleepyhead, the ink drawings bustle with movement and with rhythmically repeated lines that create their own visual music within the pictures. A fanciful romp for the 'I can't sleep' set." Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152025441
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times best-selling author of several books for young readers, including the novel Bird in a Box, a Today Show Al Roker Book Club for Kids pick, and Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Additional works include the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book Duke Ellington, illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney; and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City.

BRIAN PINKNEY is a celebrated picture-book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors. His many professional tributes also include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He has collaborated with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, on several picture books including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie . The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.

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