Bedtime books with a sweet or cute story and adorable, cuddly animals hold such an appeal. Add in a story that is also silly, and this is sure to be a hit, with the reverse psychology potential of the “don’t close your eyes” refrain.
As the illustrations move through the countryside, the reader encounters different animal families, from owls, to squirrels, to foxes and horses. All with a variety of widely awake and very sleepy eyes accompanying the text, which continually talks about all that is going on along with mentioning sleepiness but always returning to the refrain of the title.
This is a sweet, silly, funny, and adorable book with descriptions of lullabies being chirped, busy bees lying down to rest, squirrel children having said their prayers, and plenty of opportunity for expressively reading aloud. The two lines per page are also perfectly timed for a quick read for less patient children. Among my personal favorites is a page that says, with perfectly matched and adorably rendered illustrations, “The squirrels are fully squirreled away. The gophers, gophers out.”
With a lightly padded cover and thick pages that have a small amount of give, the story begins and ends on pages glued to the inside front and back covers. No wasting time with extra pages here! The physical book, the story, and the illustrations combined live up to the high standard I’ve come to expect from Tommy Nelson board books, and I will happily recommend it. Whether they fight sleep or can’t wait for bedtime, the young ones in your life are sure to enjoy this bedtime book. A great gift for showers or just because, and definitely great-aunt approved!
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Bob Hostetler, illustrated by Mark Chambers | Tommy Nelson, February 2019 | board book, 20 pages
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From the publisher:
Do your little ones resist going to sleep? Lull them to sleep with a fun bedtime challenge in Don’t Close Your Eyes!
Children have a lot of fun packed into a day, and they don’t always want it to end. Award-winning author Bob Hostetler capitalizes on this by challenging little ones to keep their eyes open, no matter how heavy their eyelids may get. The soft rhymes about animals preparing for sleep will help them settle down until they finally close their eyes and sleep!
With silly and adorable characters whose sleepy faces will make you laugh out loud, Don’t Close Your Eyes is a unique bedtime book that your child will reach for again and again. Get ready for bed and say your prayers, but whatever you do, don’t close your eyes!