Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Can You Guess What Has To Be Done To Avoid Bedtime?

Illustrator David Roberts and Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal have created a fun, interactive picture book that little ones will love. The story is narrated by a large-eyed owl. He promises the child that bedtime can be avoided by one simple thing, not blinking.
"But each time you BLINK you have to turn a page."
And if the child has to keep turning pages and finally gets to the end of the book, then that must mean bedtime. When "blinking" seems to be getting a bit repetitious (at least to this adult) the owl has other ideas. There are suggestions such as asking the reader to stare, then to squint, etc. And toward the last of the book, the owl suggests that readers try shutting one eye, then both eyes, as long as they don't fall asleep, to avoid turning the page.

Though it seems like all of these activities might wake any sleepy child up, I think the largely black and white illustrations and as the story draws to a close, it will be enough to signal rest and sleep.

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Loved Most: The illustrations slowly limit the white space and toward the back of the book there is more and more black filling the background. With all of the activities involved, I worried that it might stimulate children a bit too much. But I think the text and illustrations have been cleverly combined to work beautifully to induce rest. It's a book that will no doubt be requested over and over.

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 2018)      

Approx. Word Count: 425
Ages: 3 - 7
Pages: 40
Purchase: Amazon

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal

"Amy Krouse Rosenthal, an author and maker of short films who touched many lives when she wrote a touching essay about her husband, Jason, and her terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis, died Monday, March 13, 2017, in Chicago. She was 51.

Rosenthal was a prolific writer, with more than two dozen children’s books to her credit, as well as five books for adults and a line of keepsake journals."  (Legacy.com obituary)


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