I have been a bloggy fan of Zanni Louise‘s for a very long time. I met her late last year, and it was wonderful to chat words, blogs and children in the Queensland sun.
I was delighted when she sent me an advance copy of her debut children’s book, Too Busy Sleeping. Here are my thoughts. And those of my children.
Too Busy Sleeping / Zanni Louise and Anna Pignataro
(Little Hare Books, 2015)
Eleanor longs to play with her baby brother, but newborn Reuben is always asleep. Will Eleanor wear out with waiting?
This book is marvellous. Pignataro’s illustrations are always beautiful, and they match the tale that Louise tells perfectly.
There are many books for children on what to expect when a new sibling comes home. But many (most) of them focus on the negatives. They prepare the elder children for receiving less attention, having to share their toys and dealing with tired, grumpy parents.
Too Busy Sleeping is about the positive. Eleanor wants nothing more than to play with her brother. There is a moment of frustration when she can’t – again – because he’s too busy sleeping – again. But throughout the entire book, she experiences nothing but love for the new presence in her life.
When my son (now two) was born, the experience for my daughter (now five) was similarly positive. She got fed up occasionally, but for the most part was just happy to have a new person in the house on whom she could dote. (She still wants four more sisters and four more brothers, so clearly her brother’s arrival wasn’t too traumatic!)
My kids adore Too Busy Sleeping, and instantly identified with the characters. When Eleanor plays with an awake Reuben, my daughter turns to her brother and starts playing with his fingers and toes.
Highly recommended for families expecting a new arrival, or who remember welcoming one home fondly. You can buy Too Busy Sleeping from Booktopia here.
Have you read Too Busy Sleeping? What did you think?
(NB: I receive a copy of Too Busy Sleeping for the purposes of review. I have not been paid for this post. Thank you for sharing your book with me, Zanni, and congratulations!)
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