You Are Getting Sleepy

Scholastic/Cartwheel. Sept. 2022. 16p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781338814064.
PreS-K–A mother and father guide their ebullient baby through the steps of a comforting bedtime routine. At first, only the child’s face can be seen, with hints of adult presence at the edges of image: a pair of hands scrubbing shampoo, a cozy lap at story time, a gentle shoulder to rest on mid-yawn. Finally, as the baby drifts off to sleep, the happy parents come fully into view. Alexander’s text pairs a subtly undulating rhythm with a loose refrain, perfect for tired listeners. With softly faded colors and stippled textures, Mikai achieves a stunning depth of emotion centering the loving Black faces of the family members.
VERDICT This irresistible ode to bedtime rituals is a must-have.

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