cover image William’s Winter Nap

William’s Winter Nap

Linda Ashman, illus. by Chuck Groenink. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4847-2282-4

After snuggling in for the night in his log cabin, a boy named William is repeatedly awakened by animals seeking shelter. A chipmunk is first: “ ‘Excuse me, but I’ve lost my way./ I’m cold and tired. May I please stay?’/ Will says, ‘Yes, I’ll scooch a bit./ There’s room for two—I’m sure we’ll fit.’ ” Other animals follow, crowding the bed—and then an enormous bear shows up. Ashman’s meticulously crafted rhymes are a delight to read, and the page turns build gentle tension (who’s at the door now?). Groenink makes the cabin look eminently cozy, in contrast to the snowy blue-black night outside. And his forest creatures—who yawn in unison with William each time they try to get some shut-eye—are as adorable as it gets. Ages 3–6. [em]Author’s agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Oct.) [/em]