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. Volume XII Number 11 . . . . February 3, 2006
Thaddeus rabbit knows it is naptime, but before he takes his nap, he thinks of all the adventures he might have when he falls asleep. From meeting a whale to using his “flower-picking machine,” Thaddeus has a series of unique and imaginative ideas to escort him into the dream world.
The writing in Naptime for Thaddeus is incredibly simple. The publishers, Simply Read Books, have opted for large-print, which at first glance, makes the book look suitable for toddlers. Although this picture book uses short, sparse (and large-print) sentences, there is no lack of detail. Author and illustrator Adam Nicely has created page after page (including a full two-page spread at the end) of intricate, beautifully sketched, stylized illustrations. Nicely’s background is as an illustrator, and this is his first picture book. It is fairly clear that the illustrations more than likely preceded the text as they bloom with life while the words lie a little flat. Regardless, the pastel, gentle, sugary drawings hold dozens upon dozens of things to look at, but not in an overwhelming way. Children will enjoy the little touches (and literal scribbles) Nicely adds to each picture. They may or may not catch the occasional pop-culture references dropped into the background (such as an image of King Kong merrily marching through a cityscape), but they will enjoy the images all the same.
Despite the simple and sometimes weaker text, Nicely manages to pull everything together through his illustrations to make the story come to life. Whether or not children will agree with Thaddeus that nap time is truly a fun time remains to be seen.
Sandi Harrison is a student in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature program at the University of British Columbia.
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