Baby book review: My Art Book of Sleep by Shana Gozansky

Baby librarian Tilly and her mum Jen review the gorgeous board book My Art Book of Sleep by Shana Gozansky.

Tilly reviews My Art Book of Sleep

You wouldn’t think I would like this book because it is all about sleep, which I do not like to do. Especially in the middle of the day. There are things to do! There is outside to be explored, sticks and rocks to be played with, books to be read, cars to be driven. Goodness, who has time for SLEEP? Not I, sir. Sleep is for chumps. But I still really like this book. When Mummy reads it her voice goes all soft and lovely and the book sounds like a nice poem. My favourite page is the one where it says ‘The sun begins to travel down, down, down…’. I always say ‘down, down, down’ with Mummy when she reads it.

Jen reviews My Art Book of Sleep

The lyrical prose in this book invites a certain voice when reading aloud: one that is soft and lilting and comforting. This is the second book in the ‘My Art Book…’ series (the first being My Art Book of Love), and I love it. The books in this series pair works of fine art with text and it’s a wonderful introduction to great works of art. These are also really nice to read aloud, despite not having my usual criteria of a good read-aloud book (rhyme and repetition). My Art Book of Sleep includes artwork famous enough that even I, a basically uncultured swine, recognise, like The Scream by Edvard Munch and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. This has become one of our favourite bedtime books, fittingly.

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