cover image The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, read by Fred Sanders and Kathleen McInerney. Listening Library, , unabridged, 1 CD, 1 hr., $9.99 ISBN 978-0-451-48463-5

The adventurous and ever-energetic Roger Rabbit is taken on a slumbering adventure by his mom to get him to fall asleep. Ehrlin tells a fun, short tale that can be used to help guide children to sleep. This production has two recorded versions of the story—one read by a man (Sanders) and one by a woman (McInerney). Both narrators succeed in delivering the tale in slow and calm voices that invite heavy eyelids and a relaxed disposition. The narration is accompanied by soft tonal music that only further induces a somnolent mood for listeners. Ehrlin uses repetition of sleep-related terms (tired, asleep, drowsy) to further nudge a child toward sleep and both narrators grab hold of such words and add soft emphases when possible, such as drawing out the word or even yawning through them. Though presented for children, this production could be quite useful in helping adults fall asleep. Ages 3–6. A Crown picture book (Nov.)