________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 17. . . .January 9, 2015

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Naptime.

Iris de Moy. Translated by Shelley Tanaka.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood/House of Anansi Press.
28 pp., hardcover & ePub., $16.95 (hc.), $14.95 (ePub.).
ISBN 978-1-55498-487-9 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-55498-488-6 (ePub.).

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Meredith Cleversey.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

I dont want to have a nap.

Naps are for little babies.

Tiny little babies.

Im too big to have a nap.

 

Its naptime, but the animals on the savannah dont think they need any sleep. Each animal has its own excuse for not taking a nap, but a clever little girl has an easy trick for getting them all to have some rest.

internal art      Naptime, written and illustrated by French illustrator Iris de Moy and translated by Shelley Tanaka, is a short story about getting a group of wild animals to take a nap. Different animals appear on every page, and each creature has a reason for not needing to sleep. Some of the excuses relate to the animal that is providing the excuse, such as the lion asserting that kings dont take naps, while other explanations are more vague, like the warthog simply stating, A nap? No way!. Ultimately, however, a little girl gets each animal to close first one eye and then the other, and, in doing so, all the animals fall asleep.

     There is not much text in this story which suits the simple style of de Moys illustrations. The pages consist mostly of black drawings on a white background, with only a splash of colour either on the land or on the animal. The leopard, for instance, is coloured yellow amidst a black and white landscape while the black monkey sits on a black and white tree with a green top. The sparse use of colour may not appeal to all readers, but it is effective in drawing attention to the object of focus for each page.

     While the tale, itself, is lighthearted and even somewhat silly in nature, the illustrations and hand-painted text give Naptime an interesting maturity in its design, one which lends itself well to making this story timeless. Anyone who has ever thought they didnt need a nap will enjoy this fun tale of stubborn animals and the girl who makes them all get some much needed shut-eye.

Recommended.

Meredith Cleversey is a librarian in Cambridge, ON. She loves to read, write, and live in a world of pure imagination.

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