A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents can use the questions in our "Families Can Talk About" section to help their kids connect with this book. Kids may learn some surprising facts about how animals sleep.
Kids get the idea that sleep comes differently for different animals.
Positive Role Models
Kids will like the watching owl who guides them through this world of sleep.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there is nothing of concern in this lovely picture book. Night is a peaceful, content time here -- there’s nothing to fear in the dark.
Is It Any Good?
This comforting book makes sleep time a beautiful curiosity rather than something to dread or fear. Il Sung Na’s bright-eyed owl watches over the snoozing world and shows how sleep is both universal and individual. He shows us whales sleeping as they move through the ocean, birds sleeping with one eye open, and a fish sleeping with both eyes wide open.
Na's illustrations make this a book to treasure. Kids will delight in the big-eyed birds and fish, and the delicate patterns playing across the animals and the night sky steep the simple story with magic and suggest sweet dreams abound. Absolutely beautiful, with a classic look and feel. Big-eyed birds and fish and the delicate patterns playing across the animals and the night sky steep the simple story with magic and suggest sweet dreams abound.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.