From the creator of Jabari Jumps and Jabari Tries, the tale of a stalling child with a lively imagination--and a passion for animal facts--makes for the best kind of bedtime story.
Mama and Mommy would like Sweet Pea to settle into bed, but it's not quite time. Even though the bed is fluffy, it's not as snuggly as curling up like a pig in the mud, or as spacious as sleeping in the wide ocean like a blue whale. It's not as fun as sleeping high up in a tree like a koala, or hanging upside down like a bat. And it's definitely not as relaxing as sleeping standing up, like an emperor penguin. But after mimicking all the ways different animals rest, this little one concedes that a comfy bed, a soft pillow, and a good-night wish offer the best way to fall asleep after all. Gaia Cornwall brings us a loving, humorous story for even the most energetic of bedtime listeners.
Bedtime delays abound in this book centering a young animal lover. While a child envisions snoozing as different creatures do, a parent patiently attempts to wind things down as another adult tends to an infant. "Maybe I could sleep upside down like... a bat! They hold on with their feet and hang down from branches," says the brown-skinned, rosy-cheeked child, portrayed in red footie pj's among a colony of bats. "My little bat, it's time to calm our bodies down," replies tan-skinned, short-haired Mama. Cycling through koalas, sea otters, piglets, puffins, whales, and emperor penguins, the story integrates notable facts about the featured critters' nocturnal habits, while pencil and watercolor illustrations finished digitally show the child cozying up with friendly wildlife pals who seem similarly disinclined to settle. After a smooth segue by Mama that emphasizes a loving parent-child relationship, the book reaches a snuggly conclusion that sets the stage for sweet animal dreams. Ages 3-7. (May)Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.