Wake me up when it’s all over


I confess to feeling nonplussed when the publicist wrote to see if “Horn [ed note: AARGH] will review The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Sleep,” the self-published bestseller that Random House picked up for a rumored seven-figure advance. I mean, yes, the Horn BOOK will review it in the Spring 2016 Horn Book Guide […]

Steam Train, Dream Train app review


Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site fame, chug along with the digital book app edition of their goodnight-train picture book Steam Train, Dream Train (Oceanhouse Media, February 2015). Just as with the Construction Site digital book app, this one includes soothing narration that can be turned on or off; you can […]

Go the BEEP to sleep!

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TREND DETECTED! Insomniac robots are rolling off the assembly line. Here they are blinking their way through bedtime in Todd Tarpley’s Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! (Little, Brown, September 2015), illustrated by John Rocco. And here, one little robot takes its sweet time shutting off in Anna Staniszewski’s Power Down, Little Robot (Macmillan/Holt, March 2015), […]

Nighty Night! app review

nighty night cover

As Fox and Sheep‘s bedtime app Nighty Night! (2012) opens, the screen pans across a view of a little town. One by one the lights in houses’ windows go out, but the farmhouse’s lights still blaze. Tap them to explore inside and around the house, along the way discovering friendly animals: a duck, a hen […]

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site app review

goodnight goodnight construction site

Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld’s best-selling picture book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011) — about some hardworking, tuckered-out trucks callin’ it a night — is newly available in a digital book app edition (Oceanhouse Media, November 2014). One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their tasks and settle […]

To sleep, perchance to dream

zoboli_big book of slumber

A lyrical bedtime reverie; an open-only-at-night library run by a little librarian; a toddler’s pre-dawn escapades; and a kooky bedtime cruise: four new picture books help smooth the way from daytime activity to bedtime quiet. Simona Mulazzani’s lush folk art in cozy nighttime colors lends a magical, drowsy atmosphere to Giovanna Zoboli’s The Big Book […]

Go to bed

200th Anniversary of the French Revolution

(Said in that same voice that closes Mindy Kalin’s TV show.) Wherein I opine about bedtime books for little kids. My own bedtime currently has me alternating between Thomas Keneally’s The Daughters of Mars (Gallipoli) and Maeve Binchy’s The Glass Lake (family secrets). And I’m close to finishing that biography of P.L. Travers, who sounds […]

Mr. Sandman: Fear of the Dark app review

Mr. Sandman menu screen

Mr. Sandman: Fear of the Dark (August 2012), the debut storybook app from French developer Hocusbookus, is one of the most arresting examples of digital application technology I have ever seen. The combination of intricately layered backgrounds (clearly influenced by shadow puppetry aesthetics), deep nighttime colors, an eerie musical underscore, and interactive elements breathes life […]

Seriously, what the fuck is the point?


  Akashic Books is releasing a “children’s version” of Go the Fuck to Sleep. So now parents can harangue their children to sleep for realz.

>I hope the book is as good as its cover

> Coming this October from Akashic Books.