Using a combination of poetry and prose, Judy Young explains the bedtime habits of some common North American animals. Young readers will learn not only where certain animals make their beds but also how and why they sleep as they do. Each animal is introduced with a rhythmic, tongue-twisting poem guaranteed to bring smiles and encourage reader participation. Accompanying expositry text includes information about the animal's unique sleeping habits. Did you know that when dolphins sleep, half of their brains stay awake? Finally, at the end of the book, the reader is gently guided back to his or her own soft cozy bed. Sweet dreams! * 2016/17 PA Keystone to Reading Award Finalist • 2015 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 3–The rhythmic poetry of this selection will have children asking for more as they learn about the sleeping habits of various North American animals, including eagles, moles, moose, alligators, and beavers. The expository text that accompanies each spread provides enough content to satisfy young students and encourage slightly older kids to do further research. Ending each entry with a question, the author asks readers to compare their own sleeping habits with those of the creatures covered. The soft, lifelike illustrations of slumbering beasts enhance the text. The final page depicts a child in bed with stuffed toys, making this offering a soothing bedtime story. VERDICT A solid read-aloud that may inspire some to seek out more information.