Friday, December 21, 2012

All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep


All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep
by Crescent Dragonwagon, illustrated by David McPhail
Little, Brown and Company, 2012.  Unpaged. Picture Book.

     A young mother coaxes her son towards sleep with an alphabet full of animals who are themselves headed to bed. The title alone will tell you that this is not a simple A is for Apple kind of alphabet book. Each animal's bedtime story is filled with the sounds of its name:  "Baby Bison has bedded down beside her brother, by the barn," and "Cat's curled up on a crimson couch cushion."  David McPhail's sumptuous paintings of snuggling and heavy-lidded creatures large and small will no doubt make adults sleepy. Here's hoping it works on the little ones, too.

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