THE SLEEPY MEN

Another from Brown's canon of bedtime books, full of lulling cadences and rhythms. A big sleepy man and a little sleepy man get ready to hit the hay—they yawn and stretch and crawl under their covers. After "the big sleepy man put his head on the pillow and the little sleepy man put his head on the pillow. And the big sleepy man sang a big sleepy song and the little sleepy man sang a little sleepy song," the big sleepy man tells his little cohort a story. It concerns the man on the moon—-once a little man who dashed about and dined and also went to bed—and the story sets the little sleepy man into a dreamy drift and so, to sleep. Well-paced repetitions are broken up by longer narrative sequences, lyrically served by Rayevsky's robust illustrations—acrylic paintings with the feel of colorful, detailed woodcuts. They make pleasing counterpoints to a classically framed lullaby. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-7868-0154-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1996

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This extraordinary book will make it hard for any child reader to settle for the mundaneness of reality.

WHAT IF...

A testament to the power of an imaginative mind.

A compulsively creative, unnamed, brown-skinned little girl with purple hair wonders what she would do if the pencil she uses “to create…stories that come from my heart” disappeared. Turns out, it wouldn’t matter. Art can take many forms. She can fold paper (origami), carve wood, tear wallpaper to create texture designs, and draw in the dirt. She can even craft art with light and darkness or singing and dancing. At the story’s climax, her unencumbered imagination explodes beyond the page into a foldout spread, enabling readers both literally and figuratively to see into her fantasy life. While readers will find much to love in the exuberant rhyming verse, attending closely to the illustrations brings its own rewards given the fascinating combinations of mixed media Curato employs. For instance, an impressively colorful dragon is made up of different leaves that have been photographed in every color phase from green to deep red, including the dragon’s breath (made from the brilliant orange leaves of a Japanese maple) and its nose and scales (created by the fan-shaped, butter-colored leaves of a gingko). Sugar cubes, flower petals, sand, paper bags, marbles, sequins, and lots more add to and compose these brilliant, fantasy-sparking illustrations.

This extraordinary book will make it hard for any child reader to settle for the mundaneness of reality. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-39096-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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SILLY SALLY

The characters in Wood's sunny, simple pen and watercolor illustrations fairly bounce off the page in this exuberant cumulative rhyme. Bloomers-topmost, Silly Sally goes to town ``walking backwards, upside down''; along the way, she meets a silly pig, a silly dog, a silly loon, and a silly sheep—until, finally, Neddy Buttercup (``walking forwards, right side up'') comes along and manages to get the whole crew into town in a frenzy of tickles, grins, and flying limbs. A surefire read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-15-274428-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1992

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