Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The World Champion of Staying Awake by Sean Taylor, Jimmy Liao (Illustrator)
When Stella’s toy animals refuse to go to sleep, she comes up with a clever plan using her keen imagination.
It’s time for Stella to go to bed. But how can she sleep when Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt the puppet mouse, and Beanbag Frog are wide awake? "I’m the world champion of staying awake!" shouts Cherry Pig, bouncing on the bed. Luckily Stella is good at thinking up ways to get her toys to sleep - by taking them on a sailing Pillow Ship, a shoebox Midnight Train, and a toy-basket Starship Balloon. With luminous illustrations and an utterly charming text ("I’ve shut my eyes, but my feet are completely woken-up . . . "), this ode to a child’s imagination and boundless spirit is certain to be a winning choice at bedtime.
This is a DELIGHTFUL little book about a little girl's imagination and how hard it is to go to bed when you really want to stay awake! As Stella slowly lures her playmates to sleep, she is able to become sleepy herself while still holding her title as The World Champion of Staying Awake! The illustrations are as charming as the story, and I hope to see the author & illustrator collaborate on some more books.