Shhh! illus. by Barroux. 32p. words & pictures. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781910277768.
Toddler-PreS–In this whimsical picture book, animals are preparing for bedtime by doing a variety of nighttime activities. Simple, yet powerful sentences help set the scene. The book opens with a young boy in bed surrounded by a variety of stuffed animals. As night falls and things quiet down, the melodic text describes the animals doing many of the things that a child would do while preparing for bed. For example, a lion brushes all of his teeth and a toucan counts sheep. Throughout, bold primary colors imbue the vivid and eye-catching illustrations. A cartoon art style illustrates large animal characters, crafted with combinations of geometric and tubular shapes. The peaceful and relaxing tone paired with simple yet beautiful illustrations makes this book truly one of a kind.
VERDICT A great bedtime read that will be enjoyed again and again.

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