Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
When I saw a new release on the kids' shelf at Barnes and Noble from Candlewick Press, I had to check it out. I love Candlewick, and their books have proven to be some of my favorites over these past few months.
The World Champion of Staying Awake definitely met my expectations. This delightful picture book combines a prose narrative with a bit of poetry. The mix of genres is uncommon in children's literature today, especially done well, but author Sean Taylor has created a lovely multi-genre tale.
Stella is having a problem. When Daddy says that it's time to go to bed, Stella cannot sleep. Who could sleep if they had Thunderbolt the Mouse, Beanbag Frog, or Cherry Pig to get to sleep first?
Stella will just have to outsmart them--with poetry! Only Stella could make a pillow a ship, a shoe box a train, and a toy basket a hot air balloon headed for the land of sleep. Will ANYONE be The World Champion of Staying Awake or will Stella trick them all?
Jimmy Liao's bright and textured illustrations capture the mischievous and cleaver actions of one little girl. Children will love how her bedroom can be transformed into so many different worlds.
This is a great book to read to your youngsters the next time they are trying to be The World Champion of Staying Awake; you might just be able to use it to fool them, too! And for helping you do that, I'm sure that you'd give it five stars!
Have your children ever been world champions for staying awake? What did you do?