This fanciful story about sleepy animals along with a sweet text features stunning pictures with soft, glowing stars capturing the magical light effects of dusk. The illustrations are a combination of photographs and acrylics. They seem to emphasize the blending of reality into dreams. The text uses a comforting chorus of, “sweet dreams, my love”.
The book is horizontal in format. It is a thick board book, with wipeable pages, for those young enough to find books good enough to try to eat!
The book cover shows an attractive blue-green sky with two sleeping figures. The evening sky continues from the front to the back of book. It is rectangular in shape, and is just the right size for parents or caretakers to hold both the book and the child as they read.
Children never tire of hearing their parents tell them that they love them, an underlying theme of this book. Little fingers may be interested to point out the words that some of the animals “speak” in the pictures. The images are readily identifiable to infants as well as young children. Different animal parents soothe their offspring to sleep. One item that I found out of sync is the page where the forest animals are on their way home to sleep. The disturbing part is that a giraffe is with the forest animals. Perhaps the illustrator is underscoring the idea that anything is possible in dreams.
Author: Eric Metaxas
Illustrator: Nancy Tillman
Publisher: Macmillan, 2010
Reviewer: Patricia Basich