“Lucy is an expert at staying awake.” She is a cute little bunny that repeatedly assures that she is not tired. Alone in her somber room during the daytime, she concludes that there has to be a mistake and fears of missing out on all the fun she could have instead of lying in bed. After her dad gets her out of the room, the two drive to the grocery store. By then, Lucy is running on pure adrenaline as her father has probably totally ignored her sleep cues. She suddenly goes through a candy-related meltdown in the checkout line. The whole scene escalates into a NAPTASTROPHE. Finally, she’s so tired at dinner she collapses in her mac and cheese.
I loved this book because the author accurately illustrated how a parent struggles when facing his child’s sleep-deprived mood swings (especially in a public place). The illustrations are large, the text is very simple and the message is crystal clear. Lucy perfectly demonstrates just why a nap is so important. The book illustrates parents’ and children’s own frustrations and the consequences of sleep-deprivation. It is a great tale that can be read with children fighting naptime in order to explain the great benefits of sleeping.
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Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Age: 3 to 7