How do you go to sleep?

Kate McMullan

Book - 2019

"A rhyming survey of a number of animals and how they rest or go to sleep, leading up to a child's own experience of going to bed"--

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Stories in rhyme
Animal fiction
Picture books
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2019.
First edition
Item Description
"This is Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Colophon
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 24 cm
Main Author
Kate McMullan (author)
Review by Booklist Review

In lively rhyming lines, McMullan makes insightful observations on how various critters sleep in their habitats and playfully draws comparisons with the way children sleep. After introducing a group of animals and charmingly describing how they sleep, the narrator quizzes readers about whether they sleep similarly: ""How do YOU go to sleep? Is a tree your cozy bed? Do you turn purple, orange, and red?"" The bouncy, engaging text leads readers to emphatically exclaim along with the text, ""No!"" A dozen animals are introduced before the text turns to the variety of ways in which human children actually sleep, culminating in a sweet wind-down to cuddles and snores. Hanson's cute illustrations depict cartoonish, rounded critters in all manner of sleeping arrangements, as well as some of the same creatures in plush form in children's rooms. A nice pairing with Diane Muldrow's How Do Giraffes Take Naps? (2016), Vin Vogel's Bedtime for Yeti (2016), or Cari Best's I'm Brave! I'm Strong! I'm Five! (2019), particularly for little ones looking for comfort around sleeping in their own beds.--Vivian Alvarez Copyright 2020 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS--Animals can sleep standing on one foot, stacked in a heap, or floating in the bay. But how do children go to sleep? In this companion to How Do You Take a Bath?, McMullan compares the sleeping habits of baby animals to a child's familiar bedtime routine. "How do YOU go to sleep?/Do you stand and lock your knees?/Is your bed beneath the leaves?" One-to-a-page, baby animals sleep in their natural habitats. Seals sleep while floating. Dolphins swim in their sleep with one eye open. The meerkat "sleeps in a heap"with the rest of its family. Most interestingly, the octopus changes color during sleep. Periodically interjected, the titular question accompanies children attempting to mimic animal sleeping behaviors. A brown-skinned human family wraps up with familiar rituals like turning off the light and bedtime kisses. The digital, earth-tone illustrations depict serene animals snoozing with doting animal parents looking on. Cartoon children and parents are softened by minimal outlines and a sponge-effect overlay. Young readers will want to cuddle up with the cozy animal babies and may chuckle as the kids try out the different sleeping methods. VERDICT A bedtime book that will soothe and please children and caregivers.--Richelle Rose, Kenton County Public Library, KY

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Twelve animals go to sleep in very different wayswhich one do you resemble the most?Writing in cadenced, lulling rhyme, McMullan compares animal sleeping habits to those of various children, inviting readers to ponder their own slumbering style. Squirrel, Octopus, Parrot, and Meerkat have specific bedtime rituals. How similar are they to yours? "Is a tree your cozy bed? / Do you turn purple, orange, and red? // Rest your head upon your back? / Sleep with others in a stack? / NO!" Hanson's comfy illustrations show young tots attempting the silly situations. Readers are introduced to zebras, dolphins, pigeons, and more along with diverse human children trying out the many bedtime positions (alas, two floating pool snoozes look very similar). Anticipating the certain choruses of giggling "NO"s from young readers as they contemplate the scenarios, McMullan ends with a summation characterized by mock exasperation: "Well, when you go to bed, / if you don't sleep / a tree sleep or sea sleep, / a tuck sleep or heap sleep, / a float sleep or sun sleep / how DO you sleep?" Four pages in which a young, black-presenting moppet engages in a typical human bedtime ritual sets things to rights.Punctuated with zaniness, McMullan's litany nevertheless offers a quiet, calming rhythm to help little ones nod off. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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