While You Are Sleeping

By Alexis Deacon
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374383305, 36pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2006

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Being a plush toy might sound like an easy job, but when a newcomer joins their group, the bedside toys show him everything that goes into taking care of a child while he is sleeping. Every night, they make sure that he isn?t too hot or too cold, and that he stays safely in his bed. They chase away bedbugs and bad dreams. And on Christmas Eve they have the very important task of making sure the child does not awake until morning. The new toy ? and the reader ? will find a lot
to learn before the night is over.
Acclaimed author-artist Alexis Deacon has produced an enchanting bedtime picture book filled with soothing, dreamy pictures and gentle humor.

About the Author

ALEXIS DEACON is the two-time winner of the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award, for Beegu and for Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks, which was also an ALA Notable Book. He lives in London, England.

Praise For While You Are Sleeping

"Heartwarming and very nearly profound.  The pictures . . make scenes of beautiful stillness and reassuring comfort."  --Starred, Kirkus Reviews "The gentle text flows well and will please children who fantasize about their playthings coming alive while they slumber."  --School Library Journal "The idea of having such capable creatures standing guard gives the whole book a comforting, old-fashioned feeling."  --Booklist "Lovable and reassuring.  What a soothing bedtime book to allay nighttime fears."  --Shelf Awareness  "Pleasing."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ?The dreamlike figures, with their soft edges and smudgy luminescence, glow against the murky background of the child?s bedroom.  Gorgeous.?  --The New York Times Book Review 

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