Pre-K-- Hennessy's entrancing verse bears the requisite rhythm, rhyme, and brevity needed in a bedtime read-aloud. She begins simply with the lines ``Night time/ Quiet time/ Read our favorite book time,'' drawing listeners into the evening routine of the featured family. After Mom tucks the children into bed, the narrator asks ``Who is sleeping?'' and the rest of the book consists of a mesmerizing litany of various creatures and objects, some of which are inanimate, that ``sleep.'' Children will naturally understand that shoes and socks sleep in dresser drawers and soap sleeps in the bathtub. The focus of the book starts broadly, listing items outside the children's home, and then narrows to consider objects within their bedroom. The shift in focus not only heightens the intimacy, but also serves to settle the energy of the story, until the parents' final bid goodnight. Carnabuci's deeply hued opaque paintings extend the calming effect of the words through their shadowy tones and restrained composition, while a mixed use of soft and hard outlines gives a dreamlike quality to them. In keeping with the quiet energy of the poem, only a couple of lines of text rest uncluttered against each half-page expanse of white space. A nighttime soother, likely to lull sleep-resistant toddlers to slumberland. --Dorothy Houlihan, formerly at White Plains Public Library, NY
The illustrations are what make this book special. Often extending across the center gutter, they seem to glow. In rich, luminous colors they capture peaceful nighttime scenes--birds and trains, animals and socks, all tucked up in their proper places to rest. Hennessy's catchy text--"Cozy time / Whisper time / Time to go to sleep time"--is a trifle peppy for a sleepy-time book, though it is sweetly alluring and conjures up comforting images from a child's immediate world as well as a from a familiar world outside, readying itself for night.