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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Dragonwagon, Crescent, McPhail, David (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316336270     ISBN-13: 9780316336277
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: January 2016
Annotation: A lyrical animal ABC storybook follows the gentle efforts of a mother to soothe her child to sleep by telling him about all the awake animals who are getting sleepy, from an antlered Antelope to a zzz-ing Zebra. By the author of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning Half a Moon and One Whole Star. 50,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Stories in rhyme.
Bedtime; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2015057187
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (0.80 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of more than fifty books, including Half a Moon and One Whole Star. She lives in Vermont.

David McPhail has created dozens of beloved picture books, including If You Were My Bunny and Mole Music. He lives in New Hampshire.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
From antelope to zebra, animals prepare for the night and gently succumb to slumber in alliterative prose ("Rabbit relaxes into restful repose, dreaming of ripe red radishes"). It's all depicted in twilight and moonlit tones in McPhail's signature style, as cuddly animals with amiable expressions drift off to dreamland, and a sleepy human child is tucked in.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #1)
"My little one, lay down your head. / It's time to doze, it's time for bed," chants the motherly woman tucking in a wakeful child at the outset of this drowsy-animal alphabet book. "Even all the awake animals are getting sleepy": from antelope to zebra, each prepares for the night and gently succumbs to slumber in alliterative prose ("Rabbit relaxes into restful repose, dreaming of ripe red radishes"). Sometimes multiple animals are featured (Swan, Snake, and Sloth fill a spread), but more often there's just one per letter ("Turtle's tired, and turns in"). X doesn't get its own animal; instead, Y's yawning yak is "expecting an exceptionally excellent night's rest." It's all depicted in twilight, moonlit tones in McPhail's signature style, as cuddly animals with amiable expressions drift off to dreamland while the lullaby concludes and the now-sleepy human child is tucked in. "And since you have a cozy bed, / a pillow for your dozy head, / with no more why and not one how / might you, like them, start sleeping now? / Ssssh…sssssh…ssssshhh." And so to sleep. joanna rudge long

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 September #1)

Parents are wont to point out that just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean their offspring should, but Dragonwagon and McPhail provide a persuasive exception. When a small boy resists sleep, his mother points out that "every creature, tame and wild,/ has night and day, has still and leap,/ has wide awake and sound asleep." While McPhail imagines that some of those weary animals are watching from the doorway and window, Dragonwagon offers an "alphabet of ways to sleep," smoothly working in some alliteration: "Rabbit relaxes into restful repose, dreaming of ripe red radishes." With meticulous inking and a palette of watercolors that glows with the soft colors of dusk and twilight, McPhail portrays an animal world where sleep is a welcome visitor and bedding down is an eloquent expression of personality. Each of his animal portraits is a beautiful mix of texture, detail, and mood, whether portraying a yawning, hulking yak or an otter who snoozes while clutching a looping letter "O" like a floatation device. Ages 3–6. Agent: Edite Kroll, Edite Kroll Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

PreS-K—In this cozy alphabet/bedtime hybrid, a mother tucks her reluctant child into bed, offering examples of how other animals prepare for sleep to convince her little one to doze. The story begins and ends with the mother speaking in soothing rhyming verse; her alphabetized descriptions of "the awake animals getting sleepy" are non-rhyming but mostly alliterative, e.g., "Cat's curled up on a crimson couch cushion." Full-page watercolor and ink illustrations in soft, muted colors depict mildly stylized, drowsy animals (generally one, but sometimes two or three per letter). The large cursive capitals fit well into the overall design of the pages, noticeable but unobtrusive. With dozens, if not hundreds, of other alphabet books out there (including previous alphabet books by Dragonwagon and McPhail), it might be difficult to find room for one more, especially in smaller collections; however, if you are looking for new additions, this one is quietly pleasant.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

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