Night Animals Need Sleep Too

Viking. Feb. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780425290651.
PreS-Gr 1–When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, many animals snuggle up for a good night’s rest...but not all of them. Nocturnal animals like skunk and possum sleep during the day. One day, these two friends search for a dark space to curl up and sleep, but each place they try is wrong for some reason. The first place they try is a cave with a bear; but before they can rest, a hive of bees begins to chase them. Next, they try unsuccessfully to fit together into a hole in a tree. Will these friends ever get a decent day’s sleep? Every page of this book is dominated by the illustrations. The animals are realistically rendered in color, and the texture of each one is as close to lifelike as they can be in two dimensions. To tell the story, the words are presented in word bubbles above each character’s head, serving to accent the images and provide light context. Onomatopoeia is interspersed throughout the book as well. Though the text does add a level of dimension to the story, much of the plot can be determined from the images alone. Some light humor coupled with a learning opportunity at the end make this book enjoyable both to young children and to their caregivers.
VERDICT Emerging readers will love the accessibility of this picture book as they increase their independence, while still in the arms of their parents.

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