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Will You Help Me Fall Asleep? Hardcover – Illustrated, October 16, 2018
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From the author-illustrator team of You Are (Not) Small, winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, comes another adorable picture book featuring Monty.
Hey, you. Yes, you! Monty needs YOUR help!
Tomorrow is the annual boat race and Monty needs as much energy as possible to make sure he crosses the finish line first. He tried closing his eyes, counting sheep, and reading a book, but nothing will help him fall asleep.
In this interactive follow-up to Can I Tell You a Secret?, Monty the frog asks for your help once again. This time he is struggling to go to sleep before a very big day.
Both relatable and fun for children and parents, this adorable picture book is perfect for naptime, bedtime, or anytime!
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“...practical for storytime and one-on-one sharing.” -- School Library Journal
From the Back Cover
Hi! I'm so glad you're here.
I need your help. I can’t fall asleep!
I’ve been lying here but nothing is happening.
Will you help me?
Okay. . . .
Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of the popular picture books Can I Tell You a Secret?, You Are (Not) Small, That’s (Not) Mine, and I Am (Not) Scared. Their debut book, You Are (Not) Small, won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. Anna and Christopher live in New Jersey with their daughters and their dog, Hudson.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (October 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062396854
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062396853
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.4 x 10.3 x 10.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The frog lists why certain things DON'T help him sleep. (counting sheep fills your room with sheep, and he's afraid to read a shark book because the shark will jump off the page). This really didn't work for us because it only presented new fears to my daughter that she didn't even have in the first place.
There's also a strong emphasis on him being afraid of "being in trouble" and his "mother being mad at him" if he didn't sleep. I don't like that message too much and would prefer it to have explained why his body needs sleep. I skip this part as well when I read to her.
I do like that it went through the breathing technique and going to your happy place but I would have liked there to be a little more emphasis on big feelings being normal and okay.
Altogether we like it, and my daughter enjoys it, but it needs some serious adjusting to certain themes.
It also taught my daughter to scream, "CANT SLEEP!!!!" very loudly, even before she starts to try. So... there's that too.
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Monty is unable to sleep and he really wants to rest so that he can take part in the boat race the next day. Traditional techniques are failing, but once he starts to calm down and think of happy things he drifts off. This is an idea that a child can understand and try for themselves. There is a lot of understanding in this book that makes you think Kang has gone through this herself. Ideas ring true such as Monty not being allowed to do something if he is too tired and it was nice to see that he was not fussed about coming first. It is the taking part that counts.
This is a very sweet book and is clear in giving a child some tips. Weyant's illustrations are a little naive and not of the best quality, but they do not distract from Kang's warm writing. If you do have a 2-5 year old that refuses to go to sleep at night, this book is a useful tool to settle themselves down.
I chose this for my daughter who struggles with settling down for the night. Monty talks directly to the reader about the problems he's having and a lot of it is familiar - "I am WIDE AWAKE!" and "It's really dark and quiet". I particularly like the page where Monty ponders about how his mum always knows that he doesn't get a good nights sleep; the expression on his mother's face is one I'm sure will be familiar to lots of parents. if you are reading it to your child there are lots of opportunities for voice acting, and also number recognition on the sheep page.
Whilst I don't think it will solve any child's sleeping problems overnight. I think it will be helpful for my daughter to know that other frogs (and children) have similar sleeping problems, and that Monty eventually settles down. The price for the hardback is 12.99 (which seems to be the standard price point for children's picture books in hardback) but it's worth noting that it is coming out in paperback in September.
Overall - a charming bedtime story.
As an adult I was not particularly impressed but the story but the pictures were nice and bright and the print a good size for early readers. I don’t think it is the sort of book that little ones would request again and again. At the RRP of £12.99 it is not very good value for a few minutes of story.
This said though, it’s a lovely book for the very young person who likes looking at books.