Rock Stars Don't Nap

by Jason Perkins (Author) Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)

Rock Stars Don't Nap
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Inspired by classic rock songs and eighties hair bands, Rock Stars Don’t Nap is a debut picture book from Jason Perkins for anyone who’s got “Moves Like Jagger” and refuses to get some shut-eye. 

There was no denying it: Jimmy was born to rock.

With his mom and dad in tow, Jimmy is rocking and rolling wherever he goes.

Suddenly, Mama decides to flip the script with . . .

Nap time? NAP TIME?!

Rock stars don’t nap! 

But when Mama insists Jimmy go to sleep, what is a washed-up rock star to do?!

Full of rock star references, puns, and Easter eggs, Rock Stars Don’t Nap is a charming and hilarious picture book about a baby who doesn’t believe in naps but will always, always, always come back for his encore. 

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Kirkus Reviews

There’s only one perfect rock-star baby in the world—and every parent has one.

Publishers Weekly

"While other babies whimpered and whined, Jimmy's righteous wail shook the nursery all night long," writes debut author Perkins of this title's preternaturally rockin' young protagonist. It seems like nothing can stop Jimmy on his rise to the top of the charts, especially with his mother and "biggest fan" at his side. Atkinson (the Simon and Chester series) turns every stop on the parent-child routine into rock concert spoofs. Digitally cartooned vignettes featuring ample emanata, Ben-Day dots, and music notes portray brown-skinned Jimmy shredding at the top of a slide and wailing into a banana mic in the checkout line. But the dark side of rock stardom emerges at nap time, when Jimmy carries out the equivalent of trashing a hotel room, lands "on the wrong side of the law," and hits "rock bottom." The events almost take the familial duo to a breaking point before the two hug and "rocked the night away" in a rocking chair. If most of the jokes seem aimed straight at adult fans of classic rock, the book's core concept is sound: to besotted parents, every child is a chartbuster. An afterword playlist, "Jimmy's Jams," is dominated by white artists. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Natascha Morris, Tobias Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Nicole Tugeau, Tugeau 2. (Nov.)

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Review quotes

"This will make a fun gift for baby showers and new parents." — Kirkus Reviews

"to [parents], every child is a chartbuster." — Publishers Weekly

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 14, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
Library of Congress categories

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