Thursday, October 8, 2015

Webster's Bedtime - a bookwrap









Unwrapping...









Unwrapping some of the illustrations...















About the book...


This book is written in rhyme and it is written for those kids who can't seem to get enough technology throughout their day and who don't want to shut it down at night to get the sleep they so need. (like me)   

Webster is the typical modern day kid.  His toys consist of his computer, his phone, his tablet, his t.v. and anything else that beeps, flashes, switches on and off and needs to be plugged in.  When his mom pops her head into his room and declares bedtime he tries to negotiate with her to stay up just a  wee bit longer and promises that he will not make a peep.  

To his astonishment his toys are the ones that respond:

"The whole room sighed,
all at once his toys said...

We're ever so tired...
won't you please go to bed?"

Webster was flabbergasted.  He had no idea his toys shut down and went to sleep at night, just like him. Will Webster comply and do what he is asked by his friends?  Can his toys convince him that it is at nighttime that they recharge and reboot and they too need a rest and some downtime?  

Webster tries to help his toys out by saying he'll read them a story, sing them a song, tuck them in snuggly...  but the toys decline because they just want to be unplugged and power down so they can drift off into well-deserved sleep mode.  

Webster lovingly obliges his electronics which isn't as easy as he thought it would be as some of them have issues: like little tablet has a nightmare, some of them sleepwalk and some even snore, just to name a few). After all his nurturing Webster feels that his eyes are starting to close fast.  He's exhausted and his bed is looking mighty fine indeed.  He yawns, stretches and crawls under this blankets, played out  from his ordeal of lovingly putting his electronic toys to bed.

This is such a delightful and sweet story, with such an adorable, and loving main character.  This would be the perfect book to begin a discussion about why people need sleep and guess what? That's exactly what nighttime is created for.  Are you listening adults? I think we are included too?  EVERYONE needs to power off, pull the plug and shut down.... Say goodnight now please and switch off that light!  Snap!!! ZZzzzzzz!




About the author/illustrator...









Award-winning author and illustrator Hannah Whaley is based in Scotland, where she has always worked to combine education, technology and research. She graduated with a degree in Applied Computing in 2004 and was named UK Learning Technologist of the Year in 2007, before moving into University library management in 2009. Her books help introduce children to technology from an early age through reading and stories. Her first children's picture book "Webster's Email" was awarded as a finalist in the International Book Awards 2015.





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Unwrapping some humour if you have time...
















Unwrapping some humour if you have time...



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