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When Mermaids Sleep


author Ann Bonwill

illustrator Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Random House Books for Young Readers  (May 2013)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏: ‎ 037587061X

ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 9780375870613

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In this beautifully lyrical bedtime picture book, young readers will be whisked to a land where mermaids sleep and pirates snore; where fairies slumber on flower petals and a giant's sleepy sighs make the valleys rumble. Featuring dream-like illustrations by Society of Illustrators Gold Medal recipients Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, When Mermaids Sleep is an ideal addition to the bedtime canon.



"Rhythmic lines will lull youngsters who are fully immersed in fairy-tale lore into a dreamy state...Youngsters are sure to carry these images into their dreams."—Kirkus Reviews 


"In a distinctive twist on the going-to-bed theme, Bonwill (I Don’t Want to be a Pea!) promises that the creatures of fairy tales and storybooks go to sleep just as children do. The verse holds few surprises, but it’s sturdy and evocative: “When mermaids sleep in oceans deep/ inside their coral caves,/ they lay their heads on seaweed beds,/ rocked softly by the waves,” she begins, as Johnson and Fancher (One Frozen Lake) offer a spread of two mermaids slumbering on a bed of coral, splashed with vivid pinks, limes, and lavenders that pop against the midnight blue of the ocean. Further on, pirates sleep against the gunwales of their ship, a mother and baby unicorn doze in a forest carpeted with light blue and pink leaves, and faeries sleep curled up in flower blossoms, bathed in moonlight." —Publishers Weekly

"If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Colorful, dreamlike illustrations draw the reader in. Lovely poetic prose creates a soothing cadence for a bedtime story. And the weaving in of magical creatures all across the world is masterfully done. I imagine if Tolkien had tried his hand at a child's bedtime story, it might have looked something like this. Lush, magical, beautiful, and brilliant--WHEN MERMAIDS SLEEP is destined to become a bedtime classic." —CJ Redwine, Kids Books Central 



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