Arlo: The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep – Catherine Rayner


 Arlo: The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep – Catherine Rayner, Peachtree, (9781682632222), 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? Arlo is having trouble falling asleep.  The grass is too prickly, the desert is too quiet and his family wriggles too much.  He meets an owl who sings him a lullaby that he uses to sleep during the noisy and bright day.  Soon Arlo is fast asleep and in the morning he sets off to thank owl.  When he wakes Owl, Arlo offers to sing her back to sleep and it works.  The mixed media illustrations are filled with the colors of the African savannah in calming evening tones that are perfect for sleepy eyes.  This is a lovely read aloud story to help little ones fall asleep. 

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great choice for a bedtime read aloud or a bedtime themed story time.  Share it with children who have trouble falling asleep.

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:  1/8/2021        

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