2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award
In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
About the Author
Mary Logue has written more than twenty books for children. She lives on the Mississippi with the writer Pete Hautman. Visit her at www.marylogue.com.
The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski (Red Sings from Treetops, 2010) divides her time between Stonington, Connecticut, and Prince Edward Island.
What People are Saying About This
"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting gosecurity and a trusted companion."
—Kirkus, starred review
"Touched with enchantment . . . This may put little ones to sleep, but they'll have a lot to look at before they close their eyes."
—Booklist, starred review
"Zagarenski's dreamy mixed-media illustrations are as calm and comforting as Logue's understated prose."
"Zagarenski's paintings take Logue's story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Logue’s text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenski’s layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.”
—New York Times Online
"The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. . . . [A] memorable picture book."
—School Library Journal, starred review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story of a little girl who isn't sleepy will resonate with young children and their parents. It is beautifully illustrated, and the relationship between the parents and the little girl is loving and gentle. There are many interesting things to find among the drawings to keep children interested and engaged. This is sure to become a classic!
This fabulous book transports the readers into a magical, dreamy world and induces sleep. A little girl is not tired and cannot sleep. Her parents don't scold her or reprimand her but encourage her to put on her pajamas, wash her face, brush her teeth and get ready for bed. The little girl declares she is still not sleepy. She obeys her parents wishes and feels good "that she is loved/stretching her toes/ down under the crisp sheets,/ lying as still as an otter/floating in a stream." She asks if everything in the world sleeps which leads her parents to patiently describe how different animals in different places sleep: bats hang upside down, whales float along, bears hibernate and finally tigers curl up like a cat and doze off. After conversing with her parents about the habits of these animals, the little girl finally succumbs to her weariness and falls fast asleep just like the strong tiger. There is a lot of conversation at the beginning of the book and once the little girl is in bed the language becomes more poetic and dream-like, filled with imagery. The words of the text are warm, cozy and invite you in to share that mood. The artwork is stunning and beautifully executed. The girl's toys are vintage reflecting the animals discussed in the text. An otter floats on the girl's blue quilt as if on the ocean. There is a recurring teapot and cup, and crowns for the whole family to wear - very surreal. The illustrations are mixed media painting on wood and computer illustrations, magical indeed, absolutely gorgeous. This is a perfect read-aloud for bedtime encouraging you to nestle down, get cozy and everyone (including the reader) to go to sleep.