The Big Book of Slumber
It is time for everyone to go to bed in this sweet little bedtime story. All of the animals everywhere, in forests, in deserts, in trees, in houses and cellars, have found their way to their various beds, where comfortable pillows and soft blankets await to usher them into slumber and their dreams. The story is told in rhyming couplets, every other page beginning with “hushaby” to help little ones settle down through repetition. The book itself, though slim, is a bit big and unwieldy to hold upright, but children will no doubt love the large illustrations, full of familiar (and not-so familiar) animals and bright with detail and visual texture. The colors, actually, are mostly rather muted, appropriate for a book intended to be read in the evenings. The words themselves are heartfelt and peaceful and mostly flow smoothly when being read aloud. The Big Book of Slumber will no doubt find its way into your regular bedtime story rotation and will surely become a favorite among the little ones in your home.
Giovanna Zoboli, with illustrations by Simona Mulazzani
April 18th 2014
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers