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SO SLEEPY STORY by Uri Shulevitz


by Uri Shulevitz & illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2006
ISBN: 0-374-37031-1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Caldecott Medalist Shulevitz spins a dreamy story of a household at night with a little boy and everything around him asleep. All the familiar items of this home have faces with sleeping eyes: chairs, tables, dishes, toys, curtains—even the light fixture. There’s a somber feeling to the initial spreads, with lurking shadows and murky colors. Then a golden beam of music wafts in the window, waking everyone up with dancing notes and blaring horns. The anthropomorphic musical notes dance with the dishes and the furniture for hours and then mysteriously disappear back out the window, returning the household to its somnolent state. The final illustrations show subtle changes wrought by the influence of the music through a warmer palette of blues and greens and smiles on the household items and the moon. Assuredly soporific for snoozing. (Picture book. 3-6)