cover image When I'm Sleepy

When I'm Sleepy

Jane R. Howard. Dutton Books, $13.99 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-525-44204-2

Beyond a doubt, the author and the artist possess intimate knowledge of small children. Creating a lulling bedtime audiovisual diversion, Howard's story and Cherry's pictures are mutually enhancing, revealing a child's sleepy fantasies. She lies in bed and wishes she could curl up in a basket with a cat or in a downy nest with baby birds, sometimes hugged by a friendly raccoon in his hollow log. . . . The book should appeal to parents looking for ways to settle down active little boys and girls who will tune into the narrator's imagination and lose themselves in the lovely, full-color dream scenes. (14)