“When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl.”
A Book of Sleep (©2007) is the debut picture book by Korean-born author/illustrator Il Sung Na. In this lyrical bedtime book, an owl watches from afar as all of the other animals go to sleep. He quietly observes an array of creatures, from the fish who sleep with their eyes open, to the horses who sleep standing up, to the penguins who sleep all huddled together. Then when nighttime gives way to bright sunshine, it’s finally time for our nocturnal friend the owl to get some shut-eye!
This book is truly a work of art. The richly detailed illustrations utilize hand-painted textures blended with digital collage to achieve a look that is not only beautiful, but incredibly unique. The combination of opulent colors and unexpected patterns is a visual delight.
Young children will love learning about all the different ways animals go to sleep. This book is perfect for children ages 5 and under, but anyone can appreciate the distinctive artwork. This is definitely a book that kids will ask for again and again. A Book of Sleep is available in hardcover and as a board book!