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Title:
Naptime
Author:
Moüy, Iris de, 1975- author.
Uniform Title:
À la sieste! English
Publication Information:
Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 17 x 29 cm
Summary:
"All of the animals in the jungle are grumpy--no, they will not take a nap! But one little girl may know just what to do to make sure these creatures can get some much-needed shut-eye."--Publisher.
General Note:
Translation of: À la sieste.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781554984879
Format :
Book

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All of the animals on the savannah are grumpy -- no, they will not take a nap! But one little girl may know just what to do to make sure these creatures can get some much-needed shut-eye.

The crocodile and hippo insist that naps are for babies, the ostrich hides its head in the sand, and the hyena simply laughs at the suggestion.

But the cranky expressions on the animals' faces give them away -- these grouchy beasts are all in serious need of a nap!

Fortunately for these sleepy creatures a little girl appears who knows the secret to a good snooze: first close one eye, then close the other one. And, just like that, all of the animals are out like a light. It's naptime on the savannah!


Author Notes

Iris de Moüy: Iris de Moüy is a French illustrator who has exhibited her work around the world. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines such as Elle and Vogue, and she has illustrated for clients such as Hermès. She lives in Paris.Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults' Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel's Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. In French author-illustrator de Mouy's English-language debut, 13 jungle animals insist, in turn, that they are unequivocally uninterested in taking a nap. Set against rough suggestions of foliage, ground, and trees, de Mouy's loose portraits of each animal are extremely emotive-and what these animals are emoting is barely disguised contempt for the mere suggestion that they need naps. "I don't want to have a nap,"¿ insists a zebra, glaring at readers. "Naps are for little babies,"¿ says an alligator. "Tiny little babies,"¿ a hippo agrees from a watering hole, both animals' eyebrows slanted to convey intense irritation. An elephant is "too big"¿ for a nap, a giraffe "too tall,"¿ and a monkey "too busy"¿ with its banana. This cavalcade of disapproval and huffiness is uproarious (and spot-on in its good-natured mimicry of human nappers' complaints), but the kicker comes in the final pages as a human girl persuades the entire group to "just close one eye... then close the other eye... and that's all there is to it!"¿ Whether children follow suit is beside the point-the story is a flat-out delight. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-It's naptime, but these animals are not taking a nap for a various reasons. "I don't have time for a nap," says the gazelle, who has already run halfway off the page. The hyena simply laughs at the idea, while the elephant claims to be too big for a nap, and the lion declares, "Kings don't take naps." The playful text perfectly matches each animal's expressive image. Grumpy toddlers protesting naptime are laughably represented by these zoo animals. The concise dialogue and uncomplicated coloring book style of art offer a simple, amusing read. Bold outlines are filled in with gray, green, or gold, while an occasional broad stripe of red brightens some pages. After sharing this book, some precocious toddlers are likely to respond with one of these animals' contrary sentiments, such as "A nap? No way!"- Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.