My little one, lay down your head.
It's time to doze, it's time for bed.
You tell me, "I'm not sleepy now."
"Just try," I say. You ask me, "How?"
In this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.
CRESCENT DRAGONWAGON is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, over half of them picture books, including Always, Always
, which received the Parents' Choice Literary Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning Half a Moon and One Whole Star
, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, which was a Reading Rainbow selection. She has also written two novels and several acclaimed cookbooks. The daughter of legendary children's book writer and editor Charlotte Zolotow, she published her first children's book at age 17 (Rainy Day Together
, Harper, 1970). She lives in Vermont. Visit her online at www.dragonwagon.com.
DAVID MCPHAIL has been a passionate artist since the age of two. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and began illustrating books for children in 1972. Since then he has created dozens of beloved books, including the celebrated Mole Music, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the bestselling If You Were My Bunny, Edward and the Pirates, Lost! and Drawing Lessons from a Bear. He lives in New Hampshire.
A National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Winner
* "With meticulous inking and a palette of watercolors that glows with the soft colors of dusk and twilight, McPhail portrays an animal world where sleep is a welcome visitor and bedding down is an eloquent expression of personality."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"McPhail's watercolors are luxuriously colorful, like a warm, luminescent blanket at bedtime, and the alliterative text is softly lulling."New York Times Book Review
"McPhail's watercolor-and-ink illustrations... are consistently lovely.... A sweet depiction of sleepy animals."Kirkus Reviews
"[A] cozy alphabet/bedtime hybrid.... Quietly pleasant."School Library Journal