Tuesday, September 29, 2020

"Arlo the lion who couldn't sleep" - a bookwrap



Arlo the lion who couldn't sleep

Authored/ Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

* Ages:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Macmillan Children Books

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 6, 2020

* Language:  English

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The Book

Arlo the lion is fatigued!  He has tried everything to get to sleep but...   

“The grass was too prickly, and the earth was too hard.…The sun was too hot, but the night was too cold.”  

What is an exhausted lion to do to be able to curl up and drift off to sleep?  He is frustrated, very, very weary and all alone on this dark and never-ending night.  

He has an encounter with a nocturnal owl that helps him with his insomnia problem.  She quietly sings a calming song to him that will grant him a deep and restful slumber. 

“Think about the places where you’d like to be, / the things that you’d do there and what you might see. / Relax your whole body, slow your breathing right down, / imagine you’re sinking into the soft ground.” 


Will Arlo take her wise advice and finally get the peaceful shut-eye that he is longing for?

The illustrations are gorgeous.  They are vibrant, colourful and mesmerizing.  This a perfect bedtime story to be shared just before turning off the light.  I highly recommend this book!  It's a winner.  


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Meet the Author

Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the creator of numerous picture books including: Abigail, Solomon Crocodile, Solomon and Mortimer, Smelly Louie, and Augustus and His Smile, for which she was awarded the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the illustrator of The Go-Away Bird, written by bestselling children's author Julia Donaldson. Catherine still lives in Edinburgh with her young family and a small menagerie of creatures - Shannon the horse, Ena the cat, and a goldfish named Richard - all of whom inspire her work.

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