Author: Hélène Boudreau
Illustrator: Serge Bloch
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2013
Age Level: 4-8
Opening: Yawns are sneaky. They can creep up on you when you least expect them.
Summary: (Excerpt from my library catalog) A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.
Why I Like This Book: Boudreau has taken a very simple premise and concocted an inviting (Ha! Not me! I won’t do it!) exercise – yep, exercise, in what it would take to keep yourself from loosing the bet, but you do – in reading this you are doomed to drowsy depths despite the engrossing, energetic linework of Serge Bloch. Read it and risk it – I dare you!
Next week I’ll be joining the community of PPBF reviewers linked together on Susanna Hill’s site – a fantastic resource for teachers and parents!