|The first book which she both wrote and illustrated|
Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
2011, Henry Holt,
ages 2-5, 40 pp.
Bedtime, Patience, Relationships
Mom, are you awake?
This sweet bedtime book chronicles a toddler's night-time wanderings and wonderings. He questions mom over and over while she tries to get a few more precious minutes of sleep. He wants to know why dad is flying a plane, why the sun isn't yet up, why , why, why? Mom tries unsuccessfully to get Edward to go back to sleep. She tries alternately answering, coaxing, playing games, and questioning him back. This is a quiet book about the playful (if somewhat reluctant) exchanges between mother and child. Perfect for anyone whose had a sleepless night because of a curious child.
What I Love:
I love that every aspect of this book was obviously planned. The size, shape, font styles and colors, layouts, illustrations, endpapers. It is a delight to hold.
I love the softness of the Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations.
|It's 4 O'Clock. Do you know where your children are?|
I love the honest dialogue. Here's my favorite snippet:
Why aren't you awake?
Because I'm asleep.
Why are you asleep?
Because it's still nighttime.
Why is it still nighttime?
Because the sun hasn't come up yet.
2. Here Sophie posts on her blog a bit about the inspiration for the book and what it took to get it published.
3. The Horn Book does a bang-up job on introducing the book and it's author on their website.
4. Take a sneak peek into Sophie's cabinet-of-curiosities-style home from Design Sponge.
5. Buy one of the artist's prints from her Etsy shop.
6. Every one of Sophie's books has a whale hidden in the illustrations in honor of Moby Dick. Can you find it?
7. Need some suggestions for over-active toddlers? Read these bedtime rituals from Parenting, KidsGrowth, and ivillage.
8. Try some soothing hot chocolate by the mug as a bedtime snack.
9. Look for these other Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
|More Sophie Blackall|
Reviewed by Wendy
|A book about why|
Reviewed by Kirsten
|Who's stolen all the bedtime stories?|
Reviewed by Julie
|Lyrical bedtime tale|
Reviewed by Catherine
|More babies who can't sleep|
Reviewed by Laura
Reviewed by Clarike
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for October 10, 2014 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.