Naptastrophe – Jarrett J. Krosoczka

 Naptastrophe – Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Alfred A. Knopf, (9780385754835), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Lucy is a little brown rabbit who refuses to take a nap because she is “not tired!” Poor Dad has to take her with him while he runs errands and parents will just be waiting for the meltdown to come.  Lucy keeps insisting that she still is not tired, but her antics in the supermarket have Dad looking very tired.  When she wants candy at the register and Dad refuses, the naptastrophe happens: “Her arms flapped. Her fists locked.  She got stuck to the floor. It was time to go.”  Many parents will be identifying with the harried dad as he carries the screaming child from the store.  At dinner, Lucy is still insisting she isn’t tired until “Splat” she lands face first in her dinner.  The bright illustrations perfectly complement the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This will be enjoyed by parents and children who have encountered a “naptastrophe” in their own lives.  Pair it  with Meltdown by Jill Murphy for another supermarket parental nightmare.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/15/17             

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