cover image Baby Can't Sleep

Baby Can't Sleep

Lisa Schroeder, , illus. by Viviana Garofoli. . Sterling, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-4027-2171-7

First-time author Schroeder embraces a universal parental woe in a charming tale about luring baby off to dreamland. Her playful singsong rhymes seem to suggest that even the job of getting baby to sleep can be fun. Drawing upon a time-honored insomnia cure-all, she incorporates a fun twist to counting sheep (one to 10), "Bet you can't believe your eyes./ One sheep chasing fireflies." Here is where the story truly takes off: in Garfoli's (Zoom Zoom Zoom ) imaginative drawings, a plush sheep springs to life and inspires a host of amusing adventures ("On the street I see five sheep./ Look, they're riding in a jeep!/ Six sheep playing basketball./ Wow, those sheep are really tall!"). The story comes full circle when the family pooch manages to calm the inconsolable baby by producing the toy sheep ("Silly sheep just love to play./ But even sheep must end their day"). This book is just right for the parent-to-be who does not yet know to relish those precious hours of uninterrupted sleep. Ages 2-4. (Dec.)