Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

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In this endearing bedtime story, Willa's big brother helps her get to sleep by reminding her about all of the happy things around her. Willa is afraid of bad dreams. "Think of something happy," suggests her big brother, Willoughby. But Willa needs his help. So together they think of all the happy things that await her in the morning—cozy slippers to warm her little feet, a yummy breakfast, and the morning itself, which loves to gently nudge her awake. But for Willa, the happiest thing of all is knowing that ...

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Overview

In this endearing bedtime story, Willa's big brother helps her get to sleep by reminding her about all of the happy things around her. Willa is afraid of bad dreams. "Think of something happy," suggests her big brother, Willoughby. But Willa needs his help. So together they think of all the happy things that await her in the morning—cozy slippers to warm her little feet, a yummy breakfast, and the morning itself, which loves to gently nudge her awake. But for Willa, the happiest thing of all is knowing that Willoughby will be there in the morning, too, just like always. This reassuring bedtime book will quickly become a cherished addition to family libraries—favorite for grown-ups and little ones to share for years to come.

Willa has trouble falling asleep until her brother reminds her of all the happy things that await her in the morning.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
"Willa, look under your bed." Willoughby soothes his little sister Willa's night fears, beginning with the unlikely tactic of having her look under the bed, the traditional lair of nighttime monsters. Willa lies in bed, sleepless, and she keeps Willoughby awake, too, with her pleas: "Tell me something happy before I go to sleep." Her brother reminds her of her clothes waiting for her to put on in the morning, of her toys perched on their shelves, and of the night waiting for the morning. He shows her sleeping birds, quiet bees, and drifting ducks-all quiet in the night, waiting for morning-and Willa finally sleeps. Beautiful illustrations support this story, one that invites parents and children to snuggle together for story time before bed. The quiet love that exists in this rabbit family shines forth from the pages, reminding the reader that such loving human families still exist as well. This book is highly recommended to teachers who are looking for good picture books; it is recommended, without hesitation, to parents who homeschool their children or who are simply looking for books to share with their children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Willa can't go to sleep, so she enlists the help of her big brother Willoughby. He tells her to "think of something happy," but the toddler bunny can't think of anything on her own. Patiently, Willoughby points out happy things that await her in the morning: her chicken slippers and blue-and-white jumpsuit, breakfast food in the kitchen, toys in the living room, and the morning itself. Satisfied, Willa goes to sleep in his arms. This is a perfect book for wide-awake toddlers. The simple but beautifully crafted text has a soft rhythm to it, and paints a touching picture of the warm and loving relationship between the siblings. This is again reflected in the lovely illustrations, which radiate a sense of peace and coziness, and have all sorts of wonderful details to discover. The expressions on the bunnies' faces are just right. Their tree house has decorative accents throughout, and Willa has footie pajamas with carrots and lettuce printed on them. The oversize format insures that the book can be used in storytimes as well as for bedtime read-alouds. This is a winner in the tradition of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You Candlewick, 1995 and Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon HarperCollins, 1947.-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
All young rabbits should have a brother like Willoughby in their upper bunks when the fear of bad dreams lurks. Willoughby counsels little Willa, who is having trouble nodding off, to "think of something happy, then you won't have a bad dream." Perhaps her chicken slippers are marking time for her morning feet, and her robe is longing for her to slip inside come morning. Then Willoughby takes her on a tour of the warren—the breakfast to come, the toys to play with the next day, a look out the window at the night waiting upon the dawn—all anxious for Willa's morning appearance. Lastly there is that bear in bed: " `What do you think he is doing?" asked Willoughby. `Waiting for me to snuggle up with him,' said Willa.' " And sleep comes. What's so pleasing is the presence of an ordinary brother, doing the right thing. An unsentimental, satisfying book for siblings to share. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152017958
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JOYCE DUNBAR has written more than fifty books for children, including The Very Small and This Is the Star. She lives in Norwich, England.

DEBI GLIORI has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Joyce Dunbar's Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big, along with her own No Matter What and Penguin Post. She lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    We love this book!!!

    This book is GREAT!! My 3 year old son and I read this everynight sometime 2 to 3 times, we do have alot of other books but he always wants to read this . it is a very nice and calming book , GREAT FOR BEDTIME ! WE LOVE THIS ONE, A MUST HAVE IN EVERY HOME !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    A joy to read!!!

    So much fun to read, even are teenager likes to listen.I enjoy reading every night to our three year old, and this is her favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Excellent bedtime book

    My four-year-old son insists that I read this book to him every night (which I do, in addition to other stories). His enthusiasm for this book exceeds his enthusiam for any other, and I enjoy reading it immensely. It has a calming and soothing effect on us both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Counting Sheep...ZZZZ

    Great book--soothing, lyrical, highly recomended. Made me ready for bed!! Almost as good as Why Can't I Spray Today by Francine Poppo Rich.

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