Sleep Like a Tiger (lap board book) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 276 user ratings

" A lovely and unique bedtime story with fantastic illustrations. " said.

" A child who doesn't want to go to bed is a well-worn picture book trope, but the carefully crafted language, vivid imagery, and illustration make this one stand out. " said.

" If you liked this book, you might also enjoy:✱ Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey✱ The Quiet Book " said.

"Caldecott Honor 2013

Favorite Line:
"Tiny snails?" she asked.
"They curl up like a cinnamon roll inside their shell."

Favorite illustration: The two page spread of the sleeping tiger in the jungle.

Kid-appeal: A lovely book about the routine of going to bed. The illustrations are just stunning and dreamy in their quality and tone. I'd love to hear the illustrator talk about the process of creating these images. Worth a re-read to pour over the details that include things like constellations hiding in the bear's fur.
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"Perhaps it is remembering my days with young children, but I do love a good sleepy book (hence the title of my blog: read to me tonight . Sleep Like a Tiger is a lovely gentle book where parents assure their little girl that she doesn't have to go to sleep, but this is how the whale sleeps, and the snail, and the dog and the tiger. The illustrations are truly lovely and invite close scrutiny: a key quality in a book parents might have to read again and again and again. This one is a keeper: borrow from the library, but buy soon after." said.

"A little girl is not sleepy, but her parents persuade her to get ready for bed any way. In the process, she asks them if all animals sleep and soon she finds herself imitating many of the animals she discussed with her parents as she curls up for sleep.

The illustration style for this book is definitely eye-catching. It is very abstract and unique, not a style I usually like, but it really worked for this story. I love how tactful the little girl's parents are in getting her ready for bed. They should get some kind of parenting psychology award. Language arts teachers could use this when discussing similes and metaphors, which abound as the girl compares her actions to that of other sleepy animals.
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"Really fine text (and how do you make a bedtime book, a theme so common in children's books, still seem fresh and new?) and imaginative, compelling illustrations make this picture a complete package. Zagarenski, illustrator of Red Sings from the Treetops, which was one of my favorites, has just the right touch here -- a bit of magical realism, with the pictures becoming more dreamlike as the girl falls asleep. I love how the parents don't argue about her not being sleepy, but just say okay, and give her a bedtime task (putting pj's on, brushing teeth). I love the patterns of the illustrations (in the wallpaper, the clothing), the stuffed tiger among the animals she sleeps with, the allusions to familiar and not so familiar animals sleeping patterns; the dog is "curled up in a ball on the couch, where he's not supposed to be" and later she "right where she was supposed to be." Most of the illustrations have an angular quality, yet the dog and the tiger seem wonderfully soft and textured. Much to appreciate here!" said.

"Keep your eye on this one--it's a future classic with some serious Caldecott potential! This is going to be my gift of choice for new babies and young children until every one I know I has a copy. The narrative is a beautiful bed time story, with a fairy-tale feel, about a little princess who does not want to go to sleep. Her wise parents tell her that she does not have to go to sleep, but she goes through the bedtime routine realizing that it's better to be in her pajamas, feel clean, and be snug in her bed. When she asks her parents if all animals sleep, this introduces a lovely bit of description and repetition of how each animal rests and how the little girl eventually settles down to sleep like a tiger herself. The illustrations are magic--with stunning details that will appeal to both kids and adults. As in classics like Goodnight Moon, kids will enjoy finding the different animals in their toy versions in the little girl's room. Parents will enjoy lines from Williams Blake's "Tyger, tyger..." and the bedtime story Mom and Dad are carrying around. " said.

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