Before We Sleep (Before We Sleep #1)

by Giorgio Volpe (Author) Paolo Proietti (Illustrator)

Before We Sleep (Before We Sleep #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Before We Sleep

A red fox and a gray dormouse joyfully play in their forest home as the season begins to change from fall to winter. Soon, the dormouse must hibernate, and the friends will part. As the time for sleep nears, the fox tries to keep the dormouse awake. Sleep indeed must come, but not before the two friends have shared one last story, knowing they will be together again in the spring.

This gentle friendship story is the perfect allegory for the bedtime ritual. And the reassuring message is clear: "I will be there for you when you wake."

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Visual beauty plus the beauty of closeness in sad times. Cuddle close for this one. 

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Giorgio Volpe

Author Giorgio Volpe and illustrator Paolo Proietti have collaborated on three previous picture books including Before We Sleep which features two of the three characters in this new title. Before We Sleep was their first book to be published in English and it received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Giorgio is a an actor, playwright and children's book author. Paolo is a graduate of the International School of Comics in Rome. In 2016 he was awarded a Scarpetta d'Oro, the prestigious international award for children's book illustration. Giorgio Volpe and Paolo Proietti both live and work in Rome, Italy.

Translator, Angus Yuen-Killick is the founder and publisher of Red Comet Press. Originally from the UK, he lived in Rome in the 1980s. He now lives and works in brownstone Brooklyn, NY.

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Red Comet Press
Publication date
September 20, 2021
Before We Sleep
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV002110 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Foxes
Library of Congress categories

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