Don't Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story

Don't Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story

by Bob Hostetler, Mark Chambers

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Do your little ones resist going to sleep? Lull them to sleep with a fun bedtime challenge in Don't Close Your Eyes!

Children have a lot of fun packed into a day, and they don't always want it to end. Award-winning author Bob Hostetler capitalizes on this by challenging little ones to keep their eyes open, no matter how heavy their eyelids may get. The soft rhymes about animals preparing for sleep will help them settle down until they finally close their eyes and sleep!

With silly and adorable characters whose sleepy faces will make you laugh out loud, Don’t Close Your Eyes is a unique bedtime book that your child will reach for again and again. Get ready for bed and say your prayers, but whatever you do, don't close your eyes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400209651
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
Sales rank: 897,735
File size: 69 MB
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Age Range: 3 Months to 4 Years

About the Author

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His 50 books have sold millions of copies. He has coauthored 11 books with Josh McDowell, including the bestselling Right from Wrong and the award-winning Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation award, among others. Bob is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats.

Mark Chambers is an author and illustrator of children’s picture books and young fiction. He studied illustration at university and since graduating has been represented by the London and New York illustration agency Bright Group International. Mark was shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards in 2017 and The Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2013. In the same year he went on to win the Sheffield Children’s Picture Book Award and was also highly commended in the young fiction category.

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The sun is sinking in the sky. The moon is sneaking out.

But you don't want to close your eyes. You have much to think about!

This world is spinning round and round. Stars sparkle way up high.

As nighttime falls without a sound, Don't close one sleepy eye.

The squirrels are fully squirreled away.

The gophers, gophered out.

Young horses stop all horsey play, And pigs sleep tail to snout.

The birds are nestled in their nests. Crickets chirp their lullabies.

And busy bees lie down to rest. But do not — DO NOT — close your eyes.

I know you've run and jumped and played. You've smile d an d laugh e d an d cried.

Now that's all over for today, But still, don't close your eyes!

Your bedtime prayers have all been said With hugs and kisses too.

But as you s nuggle in your bed, Don't close your eyes, whatever you do.

You know that if you close your eyes, You'll never stay awake.

So keep those peepers open wide. Don't blink, for goodness' sake!


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'Bob Hostetler mixed his signature silliness together with reverse psychology to create his must-have bedtime children's book, Don't Close Your Eyes. Paired with Mark Chambers's whimsy-filled illustrations, Bob's rhymed verse captivates kiddos and adults alike.' — Mona Hodgson, award-winning author of Bedtime in the Southwest and dozens of other books for children and adults

'A brilliant and adorable bedtime story that will put a smile on the face of everyone who reads it. A gem that you don't want to miss.' — Crystal Bowman, bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books for children, including M Is for Manger

'Don't Close Your Eyes is a sweet, funny story that's sure to become a bedtime favorite. Its adorable rhymes and lively illustrations make this book a must-have. Bob Hostetler has always been one of my favorite authors, and now with the release of his first children's story, I get to share his wit and whimsy with my grandkids. Can't wait to add it to my children's book collection!' — Michelle Medlock Adams, award-winning, bestselling children’s author of more than 80 books

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Don't Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MissKnu More than 1 year ago
Bedtime books with a sweet or cute story and adorable, cuddly animals hold such an appeal. Add in a story that is also silly, and this is sure to be a hit, with the reverse psychology potential of the "don't close your eyes" refrain. As the illustrations move through the countryside, the reader encounters different animal families, from owls, to squirrels, to foxes and horses. All with a variety of widely awake and very sleepy eyes accompanying the text, which continually talks about all that is going on along with mentioning sleepiness but always returning to the refrain of the title. This is a sweet, silly, funny, and adorable book with descriptions of lullabies being chirped, busy bees lying down to rest, squirrel children having said their prayers, and plenty of opportunity for expressively reading aloud. The two lines per page are also perfectly timed for a quick read for less patient children. Among my personal favorites is a page that says, with perfectly matched and adorably rendered illustrations, "The squirrels are fully squirreled away. The gophers, gophers out." With a lightly padded cover and thick pages that have a small amount of give, the story begins and ends on pages glued to the inside front and back covers. No wasting time with extra pages here! The physical book, the story, and the illustrations combined live up to the high standard I've come to expect from Tommy Nelson board books, and I will happily recommend it. Whether they fight sleep or can't wait for bedtime, the young ones in your life are sure to enjoy this bedtime book. A great gift for showers or just because, and definitely great-aunt approved! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This is such a fresh and fun book for kids. The whole concept had me smiling from the very start. All parents know the challenge of getting our little ones to sleep sometimes. The silly rhymes and adorable illustrations in this book show the struggle for sleep is real! As we reflect over the day with a bunch of friendly animals and your tired kiddos snuggle into bed, they’re reminded, that whether they’re awake or asleep, they’re always loved. On a funny note, my daughter now notices in each book if the character’s eyes are open or closed. Haha! She loves it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do your little ones resist going to sleep? Lull them to sleep with a fun bedtime challenge in Don’t Close Your Eyes! Children have a lot of fun packed into a day, and they don't always want it to end. Award-winning author Bob Hostetler capitalizes on this by challenging little ones to keep their eyes open, no matter how heavy their eyelids may get. The soft rhymes about animals preparing for sleep will help them settle down until they finally close their eyes and sleep! With silly and adorable characters whose sleepy faces will make you laugh out loud, Don’t Close Your Eyes is a unique bedtime book that your child will reach for again and again. Get ready for bed and say your prayers, but whatever you do, don't close your eyes! Don't Close Your Eyes is a very cute book with a silly story and also includes cute illustrations. It's a story about all these baby animals who've had such long days but you should not close your eyes to sleep. Don't Close Your Eyes has a large selection of animals who have an abundance of silly faces undoubtedly kids will enjoy. The book is a board book with beautiful night time illustrations. I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the Book Look program.
ConsultingWriter More than 1 year ago
What a cute picture book. The start of the story notes the sun is setting, the moon is found, but don't close your eyes because "you have much to think about". The scene is a green field with a treehouse on the side and a family of rabbits, with one particularly wide-eyed rabbit that reminds me so much of my kids when it's bedtime. I'm exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open from the days work, dinner, cleaning, etc, but my kids can't go to sleep. Throughout the book, author Bob Hostelter notes that everything else, from nature to the animals, is going to sleep. But by no means should you close your eyes. You can totally stay awake until morning. Reverse psychology works for a brief time in a child's life. Right? I think the key here is to read this book in monotone and don't show the pictures! If you do, your child will stay awake, entertained by the colorful and cute animal illustrations. And you both might get to giggling when you note the one animal that has his (or her) eyes wide open in each scene. Towards the end, the wide eyes are of the parents. The illustrator beautifully gets across that expected, hopeful look on their faces...will they...are they...falling asleep? Now carefully slide them into bed and roll off smoothly, landing on the floor as perfectly as a gymnast, but as quiet as a mouse otherwise you'll have to start the bedtime process all over again. I really liked this book and highly recommended to any home library. If you have a little one that has trouble sleeping, this book has easy rhymes to help an exhausted parent get through the process less painful than a Dr. Seuss book. I received a complimentary copy of this picture book from Booklook Blogger. The honest opinions in this review are my own.
Myythmaker More than 1 year ago
A fun concept for a children's book along the lines of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems, 2003), Don't Close Your Eyes is a padded board book that encourages kids to fall asleep by telling them not to do the inevitable--closing their eyes and going to sleep. Each rhyming quatrain split into two lines on each side of the spread describes how various animals prepare for bed, recaps the days activities, and provides arguments for staying awake--"Life's too sweet to spend it sleeping" (16). Though the text is cute and the rhyming lines have a nice rhythm, it's the illustrations that set this book apart. Mark Chambers' illustrations feature different animals on each spread, often with what appears to be both parent(s) and child(ren) of a particular animal family, as well as other random animals. The best part about them is that although most of the animals have half-closed eyes or completely closed, there's always at least one animal with eyes wide open, which looks hilarious and adorable. In the second to last spread, all of the foxes' eyes are partially or completely closed, and the final spread has a mix of animals all sound asleep. Little details like a ladybug on a fence post and nearly camouflaged fish in the pond make nice treats for the attentive reader. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was not required to post a positive review.
BunnyxBooks More than 1 year ago
Don’t Close Your Eyes is a stunning board book that follows woodland and farm animals with and their parents at bedtime. From bunnies and bears to pigs and horses, readers see that everyone has a hard time falling to sleep. The story is told in a poetic manner that flows beautifully. The best part about this children’s book is the illustrations. The vivid twilight imagery is incredibly pleasing as well as soothing. The one problem that I have with this book might be a hard pass for some parents. The “don’t close your eyes” stance is clearly suppose to be silly and reverse psychology for sure but for my children, this story really backfired at bedtime. They had fun with the story but with each “Don’t close your eyes” in the story I was returned with an “I’m never going to close my eyes!” which quickly turned into a serious bedtime rebellion. So do I recommend this book? Yes, but reader beware, you should probably stay clear of this read on a school night. Disclaimer- My family received our copy of Don’t Close Your Eyes by Bob Hostetler from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“But if you really think you must, Then close your eyes real tight. And dream a dream of me because I dream of you each night,” ends Bob Hostetler’s children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story. ~ What ~ At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets preschool children and older. With no scary scenes, it is a quick tale of animals trying to stay awake instead of falling asleep at night. Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this book has bunnies, deer, squirrels, gophers, pigs, horses, birds, bees, turtles, frogs, ducks, owls, and foxes. The full-page illustrations are colorful with enough detail to engage young ones. ~ Why ~ This is a cute book that parents will enjoy reading to their children as it promotes falling asleep by using reverse psychology. By repeatedly showing animals who want to stay awake at nighttime with words to keep their eyes open, the ending states for the listener to close the eyes and dream, just like the writer (or parent reading) dreams about them. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have children may have no need for this book. Some may wonder if it encourages to stay awake, but it is meant to be taken humorously through psychology. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words. ~ Wish ~ While I found the rhyming charming with the animals finding ways to stay alert, I wish it mentioned God and how He keeps us safe when we are asleep. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a book that may help a young one drift off to sleep while trying ardently to stay awake, this is a calm, cute read. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
MonafromArizona More than 1 year ago
A silly, sweet, and artful use of reverse psychology describes Bob Hostetler's new children's board book, "Don't Close Your Eyes." And mark Chambers charming illustrations seal the deal for a classic bedtime favorite!
JennDischer More than 1 year ago
Don't Close Your Eyes is a delightful bedtime book. All of my kids (9, 7, 4) love it and my readers enjoy reading it to the others. Both the words and illustrations are sweet, clever, and silly--a perfect combination for enjoyment by kids and adults. I hope Bob writes more children's books!
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Don’t Close Your Eyes is a preschool board book with a padded front cover with shiny laminated cover art accents. The unique title (for a children’s book) and the full-page illustrations are adorable. I love that this is larger than a standard board book, and the backdrop of each page is a night sky. It’s smart to use the darker, more muted colors, which are easier on weary tot’s eyes. It’s fun to read about the various animals trying their best to stay awake, and the gentle rhymes and sing-songy rhythm makes it a delightful bedtime story. First Line: The sun is sinking in the sky I received a review copy from BookLook. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LauraLSmithLS More than 1 year ago
This silly bedtime story by Bob Hostetler is a great way to get kiddos to snuggle in and close their eyes. Hasn’t every child in the history of children fought bedtime at some point or other? (Adults are often guilty, too.) The illustrations are adorable and littles will giggle at the silly attempts of the cute animals to stay awake. This is a bedtime story your kids will want to read over and over. It just might help us grown ups remember to get some sleep, too!
jamescmagruder More than 1 year ago
Finally, a Silly Bedtime Story Designed to Entertain You, While Putting Your Kids to Sleep I just read Bob Hostetler’s new children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes, A Silly Bedtime Story and realized I put my kids to bed all wrong. I encouraged them to relax while I read bedtime stories to them and hopefully, they would close their eyes and drift off to sleep. Hostetler and his cute, cuddly wildlife characters recommend the opposite—daring children to “don’t close your eyes.” This silly bedtime story uses an endearing lullaby rhyme to entertain children while the colorful night time illustrations of sleepy rabbits, mice, squirrels, horses, fawns, gophers, turtles, ducks, foxes, and owls do their best to keep their eyes open. Alas, this lovable cast of characters just can’t keep their eyes open—so kids may not either. This charming little board book is creatively written by Hostetler and imaginatively illustrated by Mark Chambers. My grandchildren will love it.
Callie_Daruk More than 1 year ago
What better way to make a rambunctious toddler fall asleep than to tell him, “Don’t close your eyes.” That’s exactly what my friend, Bob Hostetler does in his silly new bedtime storybook, entitled, you guessed it, Don’t Close Your Eyes. With three of my own boisterous male tots’ several years ago (all at the same time I might add) I know how hard it is to still the ants in their ever-moving pants. Exhausted from cleaning dried food, dirty floors and even dirtier bottoms, I needed a break and nothing succeeded in this monumental task like a good book. Not just any book – there were prerequisites that had to be met for the task at hand was gigantic. Prerequisite number one: Is the book just the right length? Too long and I might be the one falling asleep. Too short and the kids would be hanging from the ceiling fan instead of drifting off. Prerequisite number two: Is the book colorful? An array of shades provides a great way to reinforce the colors they’re starting to learn throughout the day. And finally, prerequisite number three: Are there lots of animals? Throw in a curly tail, whiskers and a pig snout and you’ve got ‘em right where you want ‘em! Bob’s book checks all of these boxes and more. I promised Bob however I would be objective. What kind of friend would I be if not? There is one complaint I have. If you’re reading this Bob, I hope you’ll understand I must be totally honest… Why couldn’t you have written this book eight years earlier? Seriously, that’s the only complaint I have about this adorable board book. I wish I could have read it to my boys when they were little. That didn’t stop me from recreating the moment though! And I’ll tell you a secret, they still loved it! Whether the bedtime routine with your little one is a breeze or a battle, it can only be better with this sweet new book.
LLeeHughes More than 1 year ago
Children's books are not my normal genre of books, but I've read and reviewed other books by this author (yes, my brother, but look at my reviews and you see I still am honest in my reviews). I'm also not the mental health professional in the home, so when I say that this bedtime book uses reverse psychology I admit it's not a professional opinion, just "pop" psychology. But as a "pop" and now a "grandpop" I greatly appreciate this book. For fearful children it reinforces the need for sleep as it references and shows sleeping characters from throughout the animal kingdom, using poetry at every page turn. And its conclusion (no spoiler here) leaves both parent (or grandparent) and child ready for a hug, and kiss, and a final tuck in. Ideal for bedtime reading, this books calms and comforts children. I find myself getting sleepy as I write this.
ChrisRussell More than 1 year ago
I was completely delighted to read Bob Hostetler’s latest children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes. What’s the best way to get a child to go to sleep? Tell them to stay awake! Genius! This humorous book is filled with soothing rhymes and imaginative illustrations that make up the perfect bedtime story for your children! I heartily recommend that you order copies for those you love!
JessicaBrodie More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely adorable--and absolutely brilliant. Employing funny reverse-psychology tactics (not to mention lots of great rhymes), it lists all the reasons why kids should fight sleep and stay up all night. If your kids (or grandkids) are anything like mine, this will work like a charm. Plus, it's sturdy for little fingers and hands, and the illustrations are delightful. Great for parents and grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and babysitters). I heartily recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a delightful read! The lyrical rhymes and whimsical art make it a sure-fire favorite of kiddos cuddling in for the night. One of the sacred rituals in our home is reading to our kids. Even though our youngest child is now 18 and leaving soon for college, I still read to her at bedtime (although we have graduated from Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dolittle). So, when I got the opportunity to preview Bob Hostetler's first venture into the children’s genre, Don’t Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story, my young adult daughter and I were all-in to give it a test-read. We cracked open the sturdy board book and flew through the colorful tale of forest animals at day’s end trying hard to stay awake. When I finished reading, we sighed in stereo, “Awwwwww!” Then we read it again. And again. And again. We both agreed: This cute story is a keeper!
S-Ashcraft More than 1 year ago
Don't Close Your Eyes is a playful way to be sure that IF your kiddos MUST fall asleep, they do it with a sweet reminder that you'll be thinking of them. The sing-song rhythm, colorful (and calming) illustrations, and playful writing will make this a bedtime favorite. By the last page, expect droopy eyes, a kiss on the forehead, and a turned-out light. Then, tiptoe quietly and have a good night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bob Hostetler writes a “silly bedtime story” that is charming and sweet featuring baby animals and their moms and dads. Mark Chambers’ illustrations create the right atmosphere for a lovely bedtime story. In a simple rhyming scheme, the story tells little ones that it’s time to go to bed. But the 20-page poem invites sleepy children to not close their eyes. Rabbits and foxes, owls and deer, and birds and bears have flown, buzzed around, and played all day. They’re ready for bed after a day of romping just like the kids in Mommy’s lap. If I had small children, I’d hope they’d want me to read “this one” “again, Mom.” While the message repeated throughout is “Don’t close your eyes,” it’s meant to quiet a child until they can’t keep those little peepers open. Sounds to me like the perfect book to prepare a child for sleep after the bath and bedtime prayers. The story’s short and easy to read. The binding is solid. The pages are constructed from cardboard and polyester foam so those chubby fingers can handle the book easily. Also a smart move as far as helping the book to last. Parents might want to make the story interesting and give that little sleepy head something to do. There are mice on a few of the pages and bugs all over the place. An age-appropriate game might be to ask them to look for the bugs or the mice and count them as they “read along,” while making sure they “don’t close” their eyes. So be sure they don’t pay too much attention to the droopy eyelids on those critters. You might just get a sleeping child who only needs a kiss and the light turned out.
Elissa Hamon More than 1 year ago
Bob's adorably sweet rhyming lullaby successfully had my 8-year-old yawning as she read it to us - at 4:00 in the afternoon! The animal characters captivate on each page with eyes wide open in desperation and others slowly giving in to sleep. Even the lilting text adds to the challenge of keeping eyes open. It is an endearing way to close the day and say goodnight. ~Elissa Hamon