Rating: 1- 5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Little girl Emma settles down for a nice night’s sleep but there are noises that keep Emma awake. They’re coming from the animals in her wallpaper. She tries everything to help them go to sleep, from giving them baths, to giving them hot chocolate. She even sang them a lullaby. When Emma suggested a bedtime story, they were all game for that. She told them a story about animals who had escaped from the zoo and finally they all went to sleep. When she awoke the next morning, they were all back on the wall paper smiling at her, except for the tiger who was still curled up on her bed fast asleep. I especially liked the rich language that the author used in the book. Children will learn words such as bellowed, stomped, and ruckus. The illustrations are charming and young children will see the humor, especially when they try to make hot chocolate out of mud from the jungle.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.
To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 4-8 will understand the humor and will be able to focus on the illustrations.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: March 15, 2017