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The perfect bedtime picture book story.
Biography for Joyce Dunbar Joyce Dunbar is a widely respected author of more than fifty books for children. Her MOUSE AND MOLE series has been very popularly adapted for television and her lyrical re-telling of the Nativity story, THIS IS THE STAR, received widespread critical acclaim. She has also collaborated with artist Debi Gliori for several picture books for the Doubleday/Picture Corgi list, including TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. Biography for Debi Gliori ebi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997. Her backlist in Doubleday/Corgi includes TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and THE VERY SMALL. PURE DEAD MAGIC, the start of a trilogy, was her first novel. The second part, PURE DEAD WICKED was published in April 2002. Debi lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.
PreS-Willa can't go to sleep, so she enlists the help of her big brother Willoughby. He tells her to "think of something happy," but the toddler bunny can't think of anything on her own. Patiently, Willoughby points out happy things that await her in the morning: her chicken slippers and blue-and-white jumpsuit, breakfast food in the kitchen, toys in the living room, and the morning itself. Satisfied, Willa goes to sleep in his arms. This is a perfect book for wide-awake toddlers. The simple but beautifully crafted text has a soft rhythm to it, and paints a touching picture of the warm and loving relationship between the siblings. This is again reflected in the lovely illustrations, which radiate a sense of peace and coziness, and have all sorts of wonderful details to discover. The expressions on the bunnies' faces are just right. Their tree house has decorative accents throughout, and Willa has footie pajamas with carrots and lettuce printed on them. The oversize format insures that the book can be used in storytimes as well as for bedtime read-alouds. This is a winner in the tradition of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) and Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (HarperCollins, 1947).-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
"Joyce Dunbar is one of the best writers for children today, and this is a wonderful example of her sensitivity, lyrical style and gentle humour. . . . Debi Gliori's pictures take the text and warm it through with cosy, glowing night-time scenes full of the detail children love. If ever there were a perfect bedtime book, this has to be it" * Guardian * "Will settle many night-time anxieties of three- to six-year-olds" * The Times *