Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Sleepyhead

 Good Morning Readers!

I’m in Heaven! I found another book not on Susanna’s list and a Cheerios book. Karma Wilson is a favorite and this book is not her first so I’m not sure what is doing in a Cheerios box but that’s where I found it. And that’s why I’m reviewing it here as part of my Cheerios series. I’ve just had Chocolate Cream Pie for breakfast and am good to go. Mmmm that was good! *Yum* And there is the rest of the pie for another day! Are you readers enjoying your breakfast? Anything Chocolate? Cheerios? 

Book cover._.alt._.SleepyheadTitle: Sleepyhead

Story by: Karma Wilson

Art by: John Segal

For ages: 3-7

Published by: Simon and Schuster, fiction

Themes: Bedtime, stories in rhyme, parenting, reassurance/comfort, love, common childhood experiences,

Resources: I didn’t find anything specific to this book but only generally related information.  A general teacher’s guide, not just for this book but for any subject is http://www.theteachersguide.com/. You will find guides for literature, math, social studies and all the major subjects here. If you don’t have a plan, go here and something will bound to come to you for making your day easier. For a poem that is similar to the book and accents it, called Sandmanhttp://www.theteachersguide.com/kidsongs/littlesandman.htm. This next one is more for parents who are trying to get their Sleepyhead up to go to the bus. http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_9_Ways_Boost_Your/. There are nine ways to help your child have a more positive attitude in the morning. This web site also has age and grade specific guides for teaching and parenting. Here is the one for teachers. http://www.education.com/topic/teacher-resources/.  If the teacher or parent were interested in all of Karma Wilsons work including Bear Snores On there is an author site with all kinds of activities. http://authors.simonandschuster.net/Karma-Wilson/20539052 . Her other author site, http://www.karmawilson.com/books/main.htm, totally avoids any mention of  Sleepyhead and I wonder if it’s because it was a Cheerios Spoonful of Stories book. It certainly wasn’t her first or the First Author Cheerios Contest winner. I’m just perplexed by it.   I’m just not sure but I looked everywhere and couldn’t find anything on it. The place where there was the merest mention of being a Karma Wilson book was on her printable book list. http://www.karmawilson.com/booklist.htm. She is some kind of picture book goddess with over 42 books on that list.

First Sentences: “Sleepyhead, Sleepyhead, good night, good night, my sleepyhead. Your teeth are brushed, your book is read. Go to sleep. It’s time for bed. …One more book says Sleepyhead.”

Summary: there is a Sleepyhead that needs to go to sleep but has one more reason and excuse not to. This is about a mother or parent encouraging the child to go to sleep but the child resists. The parent shows infinite patience with this resistance. The love is great.

Why I love it: For the same reason as the other Cheerios books, the subject is universal. Children all over the world show resistance before going to sleep. I don’t know if parents all over the world are this patient with it but this one is a saint. Sleepyhead is just right for the kids that this book is read aloud to. Each American child can empathize with this book.

For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. And if you’d like to be whisked away through cyber space to the resource page and the list of more marvelous recommended perfect picture books just click on the perfect picture book badge on the right.

Do you think you will like this book? Why?

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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32 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Sleepyhead

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Clar, this is perfect and no I’m not that patient. Thanks for the great resources too. I am definitely looking out for this.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Ha Ha! I’m not that patient either! But I laid down beside my youngest till he fell asleep each night till he was almost four. Now he’s engaged to get married and perhaps I’ll get grand kids soon. lol.

      Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

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  2. This book sounds cute, loving, and needed (by families). I like the idea of it. I don’t know if I am patient or not. 😉

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    • clarbojahn says:

      You’ll find out one day when you have kids asking why after everything you do, Erik. And then won’t go to sleep when you’re so exhausted you can’t keep your eyes open. lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  3. I’ve never heard of this one, either, Clar, so thanks so much for sharing it! That’s weird that it was so hard to find! Always glad to have another bedtime book 🙂 (And I am patient about some things, but definitely not patient about others!)

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  4. Books especially for nighttime. What a special thing for parents and kids. And the patience and love shown…ahhhh, beautiful.

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  5. Joanna says:

    Wow, this must be one of the very few of Karma’s books that I haven’t heard of! Thanks so much for the introduction.

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  6. Sounds like a sweet story, Clar…and the links, I can tell, will be helpful. I’m checking them out!

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  7. Julie Rowan-Zoch says:

    Good pick, had thought of it as a PPBF choice too!

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  8. Margot Finke says:

    Lovely to see a book by Karma Wilson. She and I were early members of the now global Children’s Writers and Illustrators online list. In those days neither of us was published, and we all helped and encouraged each other. Many wonderful writers got their start on this list, where mentoring beginners was a favorite pastime. Karma was best friends with the late, great. Lynda Smith, who was one of the lovely ladies who mentored my first stumbling steps into serious writing for children. Aha. . . those indeed were the days!!

    I think Karma’s first success was Bear Snores On. She was, and still is, a huge bundle of talent.

    *Books for Kids – Manuscript Critiques
    http://www.margotfnke.com

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    • clarbojahn says:

      OH My! Margot, you and Karma go way back don’t you? So happy for you. What a treat to know you. I just reread some of the emails we sent each other back over the winter. We did go on. ls so nice.

      Glad you liked this post. 🙂

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  9. Amy Dixon says:

    There’s always room on the bookshelf for one more sleepy-time story. Love ’em. Thanks!

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  10. clarbojahn says:

    Reblogged this on Clarbojahn's Blog and commented:
    yep! Am reblogging. Again. I Didn’t get it in my email box so am worried others aren’t getting either. Also am not getting comments in my inbox. Any one know what’s going on??

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Am not familiar with this Karma Wilson book. Sounds charming. The Cheerios series has been interesting. Great kids get this exposure!

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  12. What a great book. The text is almost musical in a way. Lovely choice and cute cover. Thanks for sharing with us. (ps… the link came up in my email okay)

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    • clarbojahn says:

      OH good! I’m glad the link came up in your email. It still hasn’t come up for me. I think I need to contact support.

      I agree that the text is musical. Very soothing for a cranky toddler wouldn’t you say? 🙂

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  13. Hi Clara,
    I enjoyed this review!! Do you do reviews for authors that ask or just books you love.

    Micki Peluso author of . . .And the Whippoorwill Sang, a true family story of love, laughter and loss.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I do reviews and interviews once a month of people I meet and know. Since I met you on Linked In, I would be happy to do one on you, Micki. Even though your book is not my genre, I think my readers would like it and enjoy meeting you. msg me and we can talk. 🙂

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  14. This sounds like a good one for my three-year-old who shouts, “I hate to go to bed!” every night.

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  15. The first sentence is part of our nightly routine right now. We’ll need to check this out.

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  16. Chocolate Cream Pie? Chocolate Cream Pie! Yes, you might as well know, my favorite dessert is….Chocolate Cream Pie.:)
    And I love the story you picked also. 🙂 Lovely to have another good bedtime story…did you know the title of my Show Me How book was almost, “Tell Me One More Story, Please!”

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I love Chocolate Cream Pie, too. And yes, I eat it for breakfast! lol.

      One problem with the other title would have been that it didn’t say anything about the other two activities, right? The title you kept is better as it says what the book is about. 🙂

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      • Yes, that is what the literary agent (who I was working with before the book was published) said…the title (and sub-title) needed to let people know what the book was about. 🙂

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