A young boy grapples with his new big-boy bed in this fun and sleep-deprived children’s book.
Stewie Boom is like most kids his age: he likes soccer and space travel, and he idolizes his big brother, Zoom. When Stewie’s parents tell him that he’s getting a big-boy bed just like Zoom’s, Stewie is excited, but when the first night of sleep comes, he is nervous. After he’s tucked in, a worried Stewie tells his parents that he’s ready to get his crib back. He just can’t get comfortable in the new bed! Everyone reassures him, but he’s highly skeptical and tests all the beds of all of his family members. After a night spent with Zoom, Stewie realizes that he is a big boy, having slept a full night in a real bed. Now, it’s time for the sleep-deprived family to celebrate. Bronstein (Stewie Boomstein Starts School, 2014) certainly knows what it’s like to be awake for hours at the beck and call of a young child, but she also perfectly articulates what it’s like to be a kid in a new situation. Stewie’s tale is relatable not just for the parents of young kids hitting the new-bed milestone, but also for the little ones who are fighting sleep. There’s a large dose of humor here, making this book a must-have for parents and children at this tricky stage. Young’s illustrations are darling, capturing the exhausted faces of Stewie’s parents as well as his skepticism over his new bed. Included are a series of parenting tips by a certified pediatrician. They’re a lovely companion to the story. The second book in Stewie’s series, this work shows that sometimes missing a little sleep can add up to a whole lot of fun.
A relatable and generation-spanning tale of milestones and sleeplessness.