Sleepyhead, Sleepyhead.The other thing I like about the book is the characters: a cat and bear, both of indeterminate gender. It could be a mother and son, father and daughter, aunt and niece, Tom Cruise and Suri... The two characters from different species also leaves it open as an adoption story, perhaps of a child of a different race. In any case, it’s a lovely bedtime book to be shared with a special little bear of one’s own.
Good night, good night,
Your teeth are brushed
Your book is read.
Go to sleep. It’s time for bed.
One more book, says Sleepyhead.
Posted by MotherReader at 2:00 PM
This week I was planning on posting about my favorite books that were also on some “official” best-books lists, but I couldn’t resist mentioning Sleepyhead, by Karma Wilson. This is definitely one of the prettiest picture books of the year, with the soft watercolor pictures of John Segal. In the simple story, a grown-up cat tries to get the little bear to go to sleep. But the little bear wants to delay bedtime just a little bit longer. I like the sing-song feel of the text not a straight rhyme, but with rhyming words. Here’s some of it: