Sleepy Me


Sleepy me,
Sleeping tight.
Sleeping till
the morning light.

It's bedtime, and everyone in the house, from Daddy and Mom to the cat and the stuffed bear, is sleepy.

Now it's time for a sleepy child to go to bed.

Sleepy, sleepy me!

As everything in the house ...

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Sleepy me,
Sleeping tight.
Sleeping till
the morning light.

It's bedtime, and everyone in the house, from Daddy and Mom to the cat and the stuffed bear, is sleepy.

Now it's time for a sleepy child to go to bed.

Sleepy, sleepy me!

As everything in the house winds down, Daddy carries a sleepy child to bed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this cozy bedtime tale, a curly-headed toddler (of unspecified gender) grows drowsier and drowsier as a loving father carries the child off to bed. McGee's (The Forest Child) rhymed text, with only a few words per page, sets out the familiar preparations for winding down, accompanied by soporific repetitions of the word "sleepy": "Sleepy story./ Sleepy sighs./ Sleepy Mom/ will kiss my eyes./ Sleepy bed/ with sleepy bear./ My sleepy head/ will soon be there." Williams's (Jiggle Joggle Jee!) gentle double-spread watercolors, accented with softly shaded black pastel, combine the purple shadows of a late summer evening with comforting pictures of home and bed. In one picture, the mother, who is pregnant, leans against the doorjamb listening as the father finishes reading to the yawning child; white sheep adorn the wallpaper. A soothing choice for nighttime reading. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Perfect for settling down active toddlers before bedtime, this tranquil book features a young sleepy child slipping into the peaceful world of sleep. Readers can follow along as a father carries his tired child into the house after a busy day. Throughout the story, the young boy sees all kinds of sleepy things including a cat, a chair, a bookcase, a mirror, a star and a teddy bear. After the father brings the child upstairs, he rocks him for a while, reads him a story, gives him to his mother for a hug and kiss and then tucks him in for the night. Delicate, pastel watercolor paintings and repetitious, simple text perfectly capture the calm and peaceful mood of a nightly slumber. Similar to Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, this delightful picture book will encourage youngsters to identify sleepy objects in their own homes. Not only will this book make an excellent choice for bedtime reading, but it also will help young children prepare themselves for a restful night's sleep. Parents should definitely add this title to their collections. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $14.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-A steady-patterned rhythm leads readers through this melodic mood piece, which relies on rhyme and a heavy repetition of the word "sleepy." A father carries a curly headed cherub up the stairs to the child's room. They rock, they gaze out the window, they read, until finally the toddler is placed in bed sound asleep. The last line, "Sleepy, sleepy me!" seems jarring and totally unnecessary. The illustrations are focused and soothing. The flowing charcoal outlines add a looseness and immediacy to the childlike watercolors. There are lots of close-ups-everything seems big, overstuffed, and cuddly; even the moon and stars have simple, sleepy faces. However, while the text is presumably lulling the little one slowly toward sleep, the youngster appears to be out for the count on daddy's shoulder early on. It also seems odd that such a young child would sleep in a bed rather than a crib. The lack of attention to detail makes this book ultimately unsuccessful.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McGee (Forest Child, not reviewed, etc.) serenades readers with a softly lilting ode to somnolence. As a father and child wind their way through the quieting house, a gentle litany enumerating the many dozy creatures eases the little one to sleep. From a napping field mouse to sleepy toys, McGee's simple rhymes convey the increasing drowsiness of the house and its inhabitants, culminating in the sweet repose of the child. McGee weaves her tranquil verses into a cozy, comforting lullaby for wee ones. The repetitive rhythm lulls readers, preparing them for slumber. "Sleepy star. / Sleepy tree. / Sleepy breeze blows in on me." Williams's (Jiggle, Joggle, Jee, p. 420, etc.) expressive watercolors echo the mellowness of the tale. Darkening shadows overlay the rich colors of the illustrations, artfully portraying the sense of encroaching twilight. Tender scenes depicting a tired tot cuddled up on daddy's shoulder are signature Williams; a myriad of benevolent beings, animate and not, smile down upon the tousle-headed, cherubic child. The integration of the verses into the illustrations, with the whimsical placement of the text within the pages evokes the swaying tempo of the poem, creating a seamless union between word and picture. An enchanting addition to a child's repertoire of bedtime tales. (Picture book. 1-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689823787
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.64 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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