Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways That Animals Sleep – written by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Kyle Reed, Owlkids Books, 9781771474047, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This story compares how we sleep with twelve different animals’ sleeping behaviors. For example, otters wrap themselves in seaweed the same way we wrap ourselves in blankets, and orangutans make a “mattress” and “pillow” out of branches and leaves. Each page includes a kid going to bed, showing a diversity of genders, skin colors, abilities (including a child in a wheelchair) and sleeping locations. The style of the book makes it easy to be interactive with young readers, offering questions and easy comparisons for sleeping habits. The end of the book includes some additional information about how sleep is good for our bodies, and also includes both books and websites as suggested reading.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a great book to read before bed. Kids who like reading and learning about different animals will especially enjoy it. Read-alike with Melissa Sweet’s animal books.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians
Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (500s)
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: July 12, 2021