Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
Publication Date: August 3, 2010
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Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night story, illustrated with her signature pulp paintings.
Take a colorful look at all the tired babies who are closing their eyes, and start a new bedtime ritual with your own sleepy little one.
Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher’s magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
“Seemingly tailored to the smallest listeners, the simple, patterned text and repeated refrain make it easy for them to join in the reading… The author’s signature pulp-painting illustrations fill the spreads with mottled jewel tones and the texture of the handmade paper. Audience participation required…likely again and again and again.” --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“With mesmerizing words rolling along, this large-format bedtime book does its job so well that it’s hard to repress a yawn when the story winds down to its quiet ending.” -- Booklist, http://www.marthagraham.org/
“Fleming’s pulp papermaking technique, with its soft edges, warm colors, and highly textured look, gives this book just the right tone…a pleasing sight.” -- School Library Journal