Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Shhh! This book is sleeping by Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeau

This is an odd board book. The cover shows a sleeping face, nearly lost in the blue of the book. The first spread shows a small, pink, mouse-like creature and features the book face with its eyes open. On each page, the mouse-creature asks a question - have you brushed your teeth? "Did you go pee-pee?" and the face answers "yes". The face grows sleepier as the rest of the bedtime rituals are gone through and finally you turn off the light, the white pages go dark grey, and the book sleeps.

It's an interesting concept, but I am skeptical about a small child having the ability to think abstractly and A. realize it's a face on the book and B. connect that to themselves, since presumably the aim of the book is to send the reader to sleep.

Verdict: Quirky, possibly a little too quirky. I'm trying to get my board book circulation up so I'm not getting any iffy purchases right now, just good, solid popular titles. If you're looking to expand your horizons a little though, this would be an interesting addition.

ISBN: 9780553538755; Published 2016 by Random House; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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