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Awake to Nap

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This board book features Nikki McClure’s collection of alphabet paper cuts. (Nikki had a show in Los Angeles earlier in the spring of 2005 where she sold all of the pieces from this collection.) Each paper cut features a baby exploring the world in some way, and is accompanied by a letter of the alphabet through the letter N, at which point, the baby nods off to sleep. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Sasquatch Books
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Oct 10, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: babies 3 months - 3 years and their care givers
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Paper artist and local Olympian, Nikki McClure, wrote this board book after the birth of her fist son. The beautifully simplistic paper-cut artwork illustrates the letters of the alphabet, well most of them. The author, reader and baby fall asleep shortly after the letter "N".

I love Nikki McClure's artwork and this board book is a wonderful excuse to bring more of it into a home. The book is full of high-contrast color and simplicity that is appropriate for the youngest of children and appreciat
Nov 23, 2011 K rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book for a young toddler. I love the artwork, and then who wouldn't love an alphabet book with words like "commune," and "kale" in it?
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Nov 20, 2016 Jen Turrell rated it it was amazing
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I love the art work and the idea of this book. Great work Nikki!
Mary Beth
May 02, 2008 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents, babies, artists
This is an absolutely beautiful baby board book. The illustrations are gorgeous paper cuts--it was given to me as a gift from another mom. The alphabet book concept is nothing new, but this one only goes to N! She wrote this book during the times her new baby was napping.

It's a sweet little book and a great story behind it. My favorite letter is I--for inside--shows a mom with a baby in her belly. Wonderful!
Jan 26, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Nikki McClure is one of my favorite artists. She lives in the Northwest (Olympia, WA) and all of her images are made with a single piece of black paper and an exacto knife. they are amazing and you can buy them at
Aug 01, 2008 Deborah rated it really liked it
Charming and lovely. My son finds new things in the pictures as we read it more and more, and I find the rhythm soothing.
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Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996
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