Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Rating: 4 stars

In college, when their clothing actually covered most of you and the music in their stores didn't deafen innocent passers by, I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch.  It was to get extra money for practical things, but I took advantage of the employee discount.  Especially at Christmas time.  I bought my mom and sister and best friend sweaters, but, as the good rule-follower that I am, I worried that my boss would realize that I was abusing the discount and buying stuff for others, not just me.

So I wore the sweaters a bit before giving them to my family and friend.  Just a few times!  Promise!

Some make lots of noise when they sleep.
So it is with books.  We read them a few times before finally wrapping them up.  I don't think that we've ever gotten marinara or chocolate on a gift book, but...I can't be totally sure.  Earlier this week Kiefer and I chose Mr. Tiger Goes Wild for a party we'll be going to today; we bought A Book of Sleep for the birthday boy's newborn sister.

And, because my trio and I read it a few times (and because I wrap things at the very last minute), I can tell you what a great book it is.

This is a simple book (we have the sturdy board book version)--perfect for littler listeners--about how different animals sleep, told in the presence of the nocturnal owl.  With funky-in-a-great-way illustrations and nice, clean text, Il Sung Na lures kids in and calms them down for the night.  Here, listen to the App of Sleep--a more interactive version of the book, completely worth watching/listening to (but I don't recommend pressing play and leaving the room, letting your baby watch it and listen to it by herself.  Unless you've got a dozen kids.  Then, maybe, it's okay):

We hope this book lulls Baby Willa to sleep in the nights ahead.  We sure have liked it this week, before we've given it away.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idiosyncratic illustrations in this sweet little story! Never too start with the concept that we all do things differently and that what makes us wonderful. Thanks for thinking of our darling girl!