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Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night story, illustrated with her signature pulp paintings.Take a colorful look at all the tired babies who are closing their eyes, and start a new bedtime ritual with your own sleepy little one.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Although a human baby yawns on the book jacket, this soporific picture book introduces various animals at bedtime on each of the first 12 double-page spreads. The text begins, Tiny baby panda, / sleepy, oh so sleepy. / Tiny baby ostrich, / sleepy, oh so sleepy. / Tiny baby lion, / sleepy, oh so sleepy. / Where's my sleepy baby? On one double-page spread after another, a baby animal closes its eyes to sleep, protected by a watchful parent. Written on a single page, the text would look like four stanzas followed by a coda. Though woven through with words used repeatedly in the verses, the ending shifts its sense and rhythm as subtly as breathing shifts when someone drifts off to sleep. Briefly the focus narrows to the human children, then broadens to include all the world's sleeping babies. Formed using Fleming's signature medium of pulp painting, which simultaneously creates the image and the paper that bears it, and accented with pastel pencil, the large-scale illustrations are bold in form and rich in color. With mesmerizing words rolling along, this large-format bedtime book does its job so well that it's hard to repress a contented yawn when the story winds down to its quiet ending.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

It's bedtime for all creatures great and small-including humans-in this cozy picture book. Each spread, rendered in Fleming's (Beetle Bop) signature medium of vibrantly dyed paper pulp, depicts a baby critter cuddling with a parent and headed to dreamland. Accompanying each of the intimate portraits is a simple couplet ("Tiny baby ostrich,/ sleepy, oh so sleepy. Tiny baby lion,/ sleepy, oh so sleepy") and, every third scene or so, the query, "Where's my sleepy baby?" After watching koala, elephant, orangutan, and other creatures drift off, the narrator does indeed find "my sleepy baby," a yawning, dark-haired infant, who gets tucked into bed along with a sock monkey. Fleming's palette is exceptionally bright and lively-no fluffy pastel portraits here. Instead, readers get bold scenes of animal parents and children at very close range, with fiery outlines in blue and red. But despite the kinetic quality of Fleming's artwork, by book's end the rhythmic repetition of the titular phrase is likely to have sent readers quietly on to sleep, just like it's supposed to. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Fleming's pulp papermaking technique, with its soft edges, warm colors, and highly textured look, gives this book just the right tone. The repetition of "sleepy, oh so sleepy" pairs well with the repeated question, "Where's my sleepy baby?" as various animals are introduced. From the familiar panda and penguin to the lesser-known anteater and orangutan, the many creatures are depicted in their natural environments. The final spread features a tiny human baby, which, for any child still awake after this soothing read, will be a pleasing sight.-Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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