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Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kristina Andres. Translated by Sally-Ann Spencer.

August 29, 2017 Comments off

good nightGood Night, Sleep Tight by Kristina Andres. Translated by Sally-Ann Spencer. Pub. Gecko Press, 2017.

Fox and rabbit share a house together and even sleep in the same bed but they have trouble getting to sleep and are a bit obsessed with saying good night.

These are eleven and a half read-a-loud story for primary aged students in which rabbit, fox and friends analyse their sleeping habits which at times is laugh out loud funny.

It is no use counting sheep as it makes fox’s whiskers twinge, although elephant finds it quite soothing. With elephant they decide to sleep like bats in the pear tree, the tree is not amused.

There are some interesting characters beside fox, rabbit and elephant namely Granny Wolf with the gold tooth that shines in the dark, the wolf with the leather jacket and of course Lottie the sheepdog.

The illustrations are superb creating an idyllic world and characters that are unique. I loved elephant’s glasses and Lottie’s deer stalker hat.

A classy piece of work in picture book sized publication.

I Can’t Sleep by Stephanie Blake.

July 15, 2017 Comments off

can't sleepI Can’t Sleep by Stephanie Blake. Pub Gecko Press 2017.

I admit I am addicted to these picture books about Simon, the rabbit with a great imagination. This latest book keeps my addiction going and it is available for purchase in August.

Simon and his little brother Casper decide to build a MEGA GIGA-NORMOUS hut out of Casper’s blanky. The reader will rightly pick that there is trouble ahead when it is bed time. Casper can’t sleep without his blanky and Simon has to assume his alter ego identity, Super Rabbit, to rescue the situation.

Great fun with the familiar big font text and whole page primary colour illustrations, to accentuate the drama of the story. Blues and black for the night and brighter colours for day time and the monster.

Good read-a-loud for juniors and a knowing laugh for adults.

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