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The Magic of Sleep

A fascinating guide to the world of slumber

Vicky Woodgate


List Price: 14.99*
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Dive into the weird and wonderful world of sleep, from the science behind dreams to a peek into animal sleeping habits, in this incredible book for children aged 7 to 9.

We spend about 26 years of our lives sleeping, but how much do you really know about what happens when your head hits the pillow? This book answers all your questions about what goes on in your head when you snooze, including the difference between light and deep sleep, where dreams come from, and how essential sleep is to staying healthy. Discover fascinating facts about how people slept in the past, and how people sleep in different ways around the world. Did you know that the oldest mattress was found in South Africa and is 77,000 years old? Vivid illustrations by Vicky Woodgate bring the topic to life.

As well as humans, learn about the sleeping habits of other animals, from bears hibernating to how bats sleep upside down. Even plants sleep! Finally, learn how you can get a proper night's sleep with practical tips and ideas for meditation to calm your mind before bedtime. This book is ideal for children who have difficulty getting to sleep, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about how our brains and bodies work.

Praise For The Magic of Sleep: A fascinating guide to the world of slumber

"An accessible study of sleep that will keep curious readers engaged after the lights go out.” – School Library Journal

DK Children, 9780744026542, 72pp.

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

About the Author

Vicky Woodgate has been a commercial illustrator for over 20 years. She has worked around the globe as a scenic artist in the TV, film and theme-park industries. After 10 years, she moved into publishing, working on newspapers, magazines, books and advertising. She has written and illustrated two books for Big Picture Press: Urban Jungle and A World of Birds. Vicky lives and works in Brighton. Her website is: