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World Read Aloud Day 2020 – No More Naps!
NO MORE NAPS!:
A Story for When You’re Wide-Awake
and Definitely NOT Tired
Written by Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Leo Espinosa
(Random House BYR; $17.99, Ages 3-7)
If you’re looking for a fun story to read aloud with your child on World Read Aloud Day or any other day, look no further than No More Naps! The picture book debut by NYT’s bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein, with art by award-winning illustrator Leo Espinosa, will bring out the actor in you and lots of laughs from your child.
It’s time for Annalise Devin McFleece to nap, only she doesn’t want to. Sound familiar? How many of you reading this went to any length to get your little one down? Did you desperately drive around the neighborhood, stroll for what felt like a 5k, or read countless stories in a monotone voice until it was you who fell asleep and not your child? Well, Annalise is the type of youngster to prompt such actions. But when her dad takes her to the park in her stroller, everyone they meet including dog walkers, kids playing ball, construction workers and street musicians, suddenly feel the urge to nap. And Annalise?
She was the only one in the whole wide
sleepy world who would not fall asleep.
When Annalise finally feels ready to nap, it seems all the naps have been taken … except those belonging to a kind and generous gray cat. This spare and much needed nap comes just in the nick of time because Annalise’s dad appears to be sleepwalking at this point.
This whimsical 40-page picture book offers a unique twist on a story time tale that is certain to delight little ones. The humor in the retro-looking illustrations adds to the pleasure of this recommended read aloud. While I cannot promise sleep for anyone besides Annalise, I can guarantee smiles!
Find out more about World Read Aloud Day here.
Read a review of another Chris Grabenstein book here.
- Reviewed by Ronna Mandel
This Post Has 10 Comments
Love the illustrations. And I’d love a nap too!
Right? And oh how this brought back memories of my struggles at nap time. Was it like that for you, too?
I had one never-napper and one night owl who slept all day and “entertained” us all night. Soooo tiring!
Oh boy, you hit the nap jackpot NOT! 🙁
I had a huge smile on my face during the entire book.
What a brilliant treatment of an age-old problem! Love it! Am putting it on my TBR list tout de suite!
Eager to hear your thoughts, Jilanne.
I’m the third in the hold line. The SFPL has 28 copies on order that have not yet arrived. Stay tuned!
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