Picture Book Review: “If You Want to Fall Asleep”

IF YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP
Author: Jackie Azua Kramer
Illustrator: Lisa Brandenburg
Publisher: Clavis Publishing Inc. (2018)
ISBN: 9781605373959
Age Range: 3 and up
Grade Level: Preschool and up

Amazon Synopsis:

It’s bedtime, but Little Mouse isn’t sleepy. He has tried reading, and snacking, and snuggling, but nothing is helping him fall asleep. Maybe Mama Mouse can help? If you want to fall asleep, what do you do? A wish and a hug and it’s finally time to dream. A sweet story about going to bed and falling asleep. For sleepyheads and night owls ages 4 and up.

My Review:

If your little ones have trouble falling asleep or will do anything they can to avoid turning in for the night, “If You Want to Fall Asleep” is the perfect book to read right before bedtime! Just be careful – your kids might want to try all the suggestions by Mama Mouse!

It’s time for bed, but Little Mouse can’t settle down and keeps coming up with reasons why he cannot fall asleep.  Mama Mouse ever-so-gently provides different options for Little Mouse to try, in hopes of lulling her sweet son into slumber.  He tries reading his favorite book, imagining the fluffy pancakes he’ll get to eat in the morning, snuggling with his favorite stuffed animals, along with many other things – but he simply cannot fall asleep.  

You know, I think I use the word adorable in all of my reviews at least once and I hate to sound so monotonous but it’s TRUE and it’s part of the beauty about books for kids in this age group – they are all adorable.  So, in keeping with my pattern, let me just say, “This story is adorable – adorable – adorable!”

The author is a wonderful storyteller and both parents and kids alike will relate to Little Mouse’s struggles. Here’s one example. Mama is cleaning and shortly after she suggests to Little Mouse that he read his favorite story he appears upon the scene:

Not long after, as Mama Mouse swept,
Little Mouse toddled into the kitchen.
“Mama” said Little Mouse, dragging his blanket.
“I read my favorite book, and I still can’t sleep.”

Are you dealing with this issue currently, or do you have fond memories of this special time in your child’s life? Can’t you just picture it in your head right now?!

Speaking of pictures — the illustrations are extraordinary and will provide as much joy to parents as they will to kids.  In every scene Little Mouse’s toys and stuffed animals are there with him – at first, not wanting to go to bed either, but as the story moves along, Little Mouse’s playmates are eager for their own sleep and their expressions are priceless!  I love that the stuffed animal Little Mouse carries around with him is a cat – ha! It’s little details like this that make the illustrations stand out as works of excellence.

The high-quality pages, the loveable characters, whimsical illustrations, and fabulous story – everything about this book shouts, “top-notch.” It’s a warm and fuzzy, feel good story to share with your tots. It’s also a great example of love and patience for moms (and dads), whose days are jam-packed and bursting at the seams.  Days you wouldn’t trade for anything.

About the Author and Illustrator

Learn more about the author, Jackie Azua Kramer, here: www.jackieazuakramer.com.

Learn more about the illustrator, Lisa Brandenburg, here: www.lisabrandenburg.nl.

Review Copy

I obtained a copy of this book to review from my local library. I’m working my way through 500 picture books. Need a picture book review? Contact me!

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