Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy

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Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night story, illustrated with her signature pulp paintings.

Take a colorful look at all the tired babies who are closing their eyes, and start a new bedtime ritual with your own sleepy little one.

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Overview

Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night story, illustrated with her signature pulp paintings.

Take a colorful look at all the tired babies who are closing their eyes, and start a new bedtime ritual with your own sleepy little one.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's bedtime for all creatures great and small--including humans--in this cozy picture book. Each spread, rendered in Fleming's (Beetle Bop) signature medium of vibrantly dyed paper pulp, depicts a baby critter cuddling with a parent and headed to dreamland. Accompanying each of the intimate portraits is a simple couplet ("Tiny baby ostrich,/ sleepy, oh so sleepy. Tiny baby lion,/ sleepy, oh so sleepy") and, every third scene or so, the query, "Where's my sleepy baby?" After watching koala, elephant, orangutan, and other creatures drift off, the narrator does indeed find "my sleepy baby," a yawning, dark-haired infant, who gets tucked into bed along with a sock monkey. Fleming's palette is exceptionally bright and lively--no fluffy pastel portraits here. Instead, readers get bold scenes of animal parents and children at very close range, with fiery outlines in blue and red. But despite the kinetic quality of Fleming's artwork, by book's end the rhythmic repetition of the titular phrase is likely to have sent readers quietly on to sleep, just like it's supposed to. Ages 2-5. (Aug.)
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“Seemingly tailored to the smallest listeners, the simple, patterned text and repeated refrain make it easy for them to join in the reading… The author’s signature pulp-painting illustrations fill the spreads with mottled jewel tones and the texture of the handmade paper.  Audience participation required…likely again and again and again.” --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“With mesmerizing words rolling along, this large-format bedtime book does its job so well that it’s hard to repress a yawn when the story winds down to its quiet ending.” -- Booklist, http://www.marthagraham.org/

“Fleming’s pulp papermaking technique, with its soft edges, warm colors, and highly textured look, gives this book just the right tone…a pleasing sight.” -- School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
A predictable picture book created with paper pulp illustrations that follow the pattern of Goodnight Moon. A great repetitive read that will easily engage an extremely young reader with the large pictures and easily identifiable objects within the story. From the title page to the back, every picture is meant to inspire conversation about the baby animals that are bedding down for a quiet, sleepy time. The repetitive text invites the young budding reader to help with the story and the repetitive nature of the text would allow for a sing-song type of story telling that would lull the young to sleep. It is great to see the babies in scale to their parents, who are background for the pictures. The book gives a sense of small, protected and peaceful. The author/illustrator did a good job of choosing animals that represent the world, so a child from any background will find an animal that can be identified with and will be familiar to his/her region of the world. The sock monkey that adorns the cover and is in the story is a great touch and will be readily identifiable by a child sharing this text with an adult. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
PreS—Fleming's pulp papermaking technique, with its soft edges, warm colors, and highly textured look, gives this book just the right tone. The repetition of "sleepy, oh so sleepy" pairs well with the repeated question, "Where's my sleepy baby?" as various animals are introduced. From the familiar panda and penguin to the lesser-known anteater and orangutan, the many creatures are depicted in their natural environments. The final spread features a tiny human baby, which, for any child still awake after this soothing read, will be a pleasing sight.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Fleming's somnolent latest peeks in on several baby-parent pairs as the little ones get ready to bed down. Seemingly tailored to the smallest listeners, the simple, patterned text and repeated refrain make it easy for them to join in the reading: "Tiny baby panda, / sleepy, oh so sleepy." Ostrich, lion, penguin, giraffe, otter, koala, kangaroo, possum, elephant, anteater and orangutan round out the animal cast, giving children the chance to revisit their favorites while also introducing some lesser-known creatures. Interspersed is the repeated question, "Where's my sleepy baby?" giving children another chance to interact with both the text and their adult reader. The end sees the narrator's own sleepy baby tucked in and sleeping peacefully. The author's signature pulp-painting illustrations fill the spreads with mottled jewel tones and the texture of the handmade paper. The animal babies take center stage--just enough of a parent is shown to help with identification. Audience participation required...likely again and again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081268
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 805,228
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.54 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher’s magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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