My process of assessing picture books is fairly random, and I probably shouldn’t say this, but the reason today’s picture book jumped straight into the “must review” pile is because it features a tuna. This appealed to me a lot. (I can see my loyal followers sneaking slowly from the room never to be seen again!) Wait, wait, it’s not just because of the tuna, there are loads of other things to love in this book.
A crazily delicious selection of animals are tucked or being tucked into a variety of sleep spot options. There are camels in bunk beds, a hippo on a sofa and a cat in a cupboard. An additional hilarious feature is that apparently there is a moth in a shawl in a drawer, only the drawer is closed so you can’t see him!
“Hushaby, hushaby, such comfy beds.
All of these creatures are resting their heads.”
Tranlsated from Italian, there are some quirky words and rhymes, but to me that’s all part of the charm. It’s definitely in the practice-before-reading-aloud category, there are twisters to get your tongue around! With beautiful illustrations, this would be a joy to read at a special late-night storytime.
Check out The big book of slumber at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy The big book of slumber from Fishpond.