A joint introduction to fine art and the importance of sleep.
This exquisite board book will retain its visual value forever—certainly long after children have moved on beyond the format. That said, the simple concepts in this book are conveyed with an elegance, wonder, and joy that complement the artwork perfectly. The book is separated into five thematic sections, each introduced in bold on a bright, monochromatic page with a simple statement or phrase: “Everyone sleeps”; “You need to sleep...”; “If you don’t sleep enough, you may feel...”; “It’s bedtime when...”; and “Dream!” Works reflecting each of these themes follow, as the text amplifies or completes the thought. The consequences of lack of sleep are portrayed by, among others, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Picasso’s Weeping Woman, and Matisse’s Still Life With Sleeping Woman, which is accompanied by the warning, “But don’t fall asleep in your food!” Other featured artists include, among others, Hiroshige, Takashi Murakami, Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer, Jordan Casteel, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Horace Pippen, and Paola Pivi (represented by an installation of life-size, neon, stuffed bears). The portraits included reflect a mix of races, primarily white and black, with one Latinx mother and child and one Asian child.
Stunning, poetic, and playful, this one is a delight for all ages. (Board book. 2-8)