A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Silliness meant to entertain, but does show that a yawn can be catching! Like all Seuss books, a good intro to poetry that shows rhyming is fun.
We all need our sleep. Sometimes getting to sleep can be fun. Silly rhymes are fun.
Positive Role Models
The silly, fanciful creatures are cheerful and friendly.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the writing is dizzying and jolly, and the story of the yawn spreading across the land is clever. The art, often in shadowy colors, contributes to the fun and the drowse.
Is It Any Good?
Leave it to Dr. Seuss to make high comedy out of sleeping. "It's a great night for snores! I just had a report / Of some boys who are tops in this musical sport," including McPhail: "He snores with his head in a three-gallon pail." Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book can help youngsters to sleep or crank them into a frenzy of laughter and queries, depending on the kid. Readers' imaginations will either be fevered or exhausted after reading this delightfully zany tale.
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