If I Were a Kangaroo: A Bedtime Tale – written by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Anna Raff

   If I Were a Kangaroo: A Bedtime Tale – written by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Anna Raff, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 9780451469588, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the bookIt’s time for bed for animals all over the world, but how do the little ones fall asleep?  This softly illustrated picture book features a different creature on each page and presents a rhyme to introduce their own bedtime routine.  The four short lines are rooted in fact and are accompanied by more information in the back of the book to satisfy further curiosity.  Did you know otters join together in a “raft” of other otters and often hold paws when they sleep?  Adorable!

Anything you didn’t like about it? Mothers are the only ones mentioned in the story, leaving dads and other grown-ups out completely.  And while most of the depictions are accurate, the baby spiders only have two eyes each!

To whom would you recommend this bookFamilies seeking a sleepy tale.  The quiet rhythm of (most of) the poems and slowly darkening illustrations allows sleep to sneak up to little listeners.  This story surprised me with both how cute and how educational it was!

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really.  This is best for one-on-one readings as opposed to storytimes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: April 30, 2017

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