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Sleep Like a Tiger

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,724 Ratings  ·  539 Reviews
“Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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This is the one. This is the book.

It's been a good year for picture books - I am thinking of Ruby and her pet glacier, Klassen's second hat book, Lily Loves, and Hamweenie - but this book, which is both lyrical "lying as still as an otter floating in the stream" and matter-of-fact "Our dog is sleeping right now, curled up in a ball on the couch, where he's not supposed to be;" which is illustrated using fascinating textures and beautifully scribed lines; and which boasts a story that arcs gently
Oct 29, 2012 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
It gives me shivers to read something new that I can guarantee will be considered a classic years from now. Absolutely gorgeous book.
Feb 27, 2013 Joella rated it really liked it
This is a story about a little girl who is not sleepy and doesn’t want to go to bed. The wise parents say that she should just get her pajamas on, or wash her face and brush her teeth. They don’t get angry or upset about her saying she isn’t sleepy. Instead they gently guide her to her bed and talk about all sorts of animals who sleep and how they sleep. It is a nice, comforting and calming story to read just before bedtime.

However, the best part of this book are the illustrations. There is so m
Jim Erekson
Feb 01, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, dark
God save the Eastern European illustrators (okay, so maybe she's not originally from Europe--I don't know)! Anyway, her style is highly reminiscent of Dusan Kallay, Peter Sis, Stepan Zavrel. Zagarenski is the hero in this book. I was smitten on the second spread when the mom and the girl showed up with little wheels under their feet. These seemed to represent motion, but then throughout the rest of the book they showed up in all sorts of odd places where no motion was needed. The entire composit ...more
May 27, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This Caldecott Award winner is a bedtime story about a young girl who isn’t tired and doesn’t want to go to sleep. Her parents are very present to her, and engage in her conversation, though they insist she must put on her pajamas and get ready for bed. She challenges them with questions about whether or not everything has to go to sleep. She climbs into bed and begins inquiring about different animals and whether or not they sleep. This dialogue reminded me of a version of the endless “what if… ...more
Edward Sullivan
Sep 17, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A luminous, magical tale lyrically beautiful and visually exquisite.
4.5 out of 5
Such a beautiful, beautiful book!

Mary Logue's laconic prose is both very straightforward and surprisingly evocative. For example, when the little girl announced that she was "still wide awake," her "parents said that was fine. But she should wash her face and brush her teeth. So she did. It felt good to be nice and clean. Then, because she loved climbing into her bed, she did, stretching her toes down under the crisp sheets, lying as still as an otter floating in a stream." Ah, Logue
Feb 11, 2017 Josh rated it liked it
The children’s book Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue, is the story of a young girl who doesn’t want to go to sleep. Her parents don’t force her to but encourage her to sleep because it is good for her. The little girls asks if everything sleep and the parents say yes. Throughout the story, the young girl keeps asking her parents if certain animals sleep and the parents answer with factual answers.
The whole story takes place in the little girl’s house at night, most of it being in her room. The
Sep 05, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is the story of a little girl who just wasn’t sleepy at bedtime. Her parents agreed that she didn’t have to head right to bed, but she did have to put on her pajamas. Then she had to wash her face, and that felt good. She climbed into bed, because she loved the feeling of the sheets. Then she asked about whether everything in the world sleeps. Her parents explain that yes, like the dog being asleep on the couch where he shouldn’t be. The book turns to explain about different animals and how ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
It's hard to write a new bedtime book that isn't trite and stale since the theme has been attempted so many times before, to different results — but I think we've found a new classic. The little girl in the story isn't sleepy — or so she repeatedly tells her unruffled parents, who nonetheless manage to get her to change into her pajamas, wash her face, brush her teeth and lie on the bed. Instead of nagging her to sleep, they even tell her that she can stay up all night if she wants. Reverse psyc ...more
Cheryl Dickemper
May 23, 2012 Cheryl Dickemper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
Keep your eye on this one--it's a future classic with some serious Caldecott potential! This is going to be my gift of choice for new babies and young children until every one I know I has a copy. The narrative is a beautiful bed time story, with a fairy-tale feel, about a little princess who does not want to go to sleep. Her wise parents tell her that she does not have to go to sleep, but she goes through the bedtime routine realizing that it's better to be in her pajamas, feel clean, and be sn ...more
Really fine text (and how do you make a bedtime book, a theme so common in children's books, still seem fresh and new?) and imaginative, compelling illustrations make this picture a complete package. Zagarenski, illustrator of Red Sings from the Treetops, which was one of my favorites, has just the right touch here -- a bit of magical realism, with the pictures becoming more dreamlike as the girl falls asleep. I love how the parents don't argue about her not being sleepy, but just say okay, and ...more
Becky B
A little girl is not sleepy, but her parents persuade her to get ready for bed any way. In the process, she asks them if all animals sleep and soon she finds herself imitating many of the animals she discussed with her parents as she curls up for sleep.

The illustration style for this book is definitely eye-catching. It is very abstract and unique, not a style I usually like, but it really worked for this story. I love how tactful the little girl's parents are in getting her ready for bed. They s
Jan 19, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Perhaps it is remembering my days with young children, but I do love a good sleepy book (hence the title of my blog: read to me tonight . Sleep Like a Tiger is a lovely gentle book where parents assure their little girl that she doesn't have to go to sleep, but this is how the whale sleeps, and the snail, and the dog and the tiger. The illustrations are truly lovely and invite close scrutiny: a key quality in a book parents might have to read again and again and again. This one is a keeper: b ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Lorna rated it really liked it
Caldecott Honor 2013

Favorite Line:
"Tiny snails?" she asked.
"They curl up like a cinnamon roll inside their shell."

Favorite illustration: The two page spread of the sleeping tiger in the jungle.

Kid-appeal: A lovely book about the routine of going to bed. The illustrations are just stunning and dreamy in their quality and tone. I'd love to hear the illustrator talk about the process of creating these images. Worth a re-read to pour over the details that include things like constellations hiding i
Ticklish Owl
Jul 12, 2015 Ticklish Owl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, childrens
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Dec 11, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with younger children
This is a wonderful story about settling down for sleep. The narrative is soothing and the illustrations are muted, perfect for bedtime reading. We really enjoyed reading this book together, even though our girls are getting a bit too young for books like this.
Feb 07, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
A child who doesn't want to go to bed is a well-worn picture book trope, but the carefully crafted language, vivid imagery, and illustration make this one stand out.
Jan 15, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
A lovely and unique bedtime story with fantastic illustrations.
Scottsdale Public Library
A tender, regal escort to dreamland. - Monty K.
Aug 19, 2014 Rodolfo rated it really liked it
Shelves: animalitos
Wonderful bed-time story book.
Jul 30, 2013 Bookslut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddos
Great story, stunningly beautiful illustrations. This is the kind of book you could blow up the pictures to make into the wall art for your kids' room. Loved it.
Ana Cob
Sep 01, 2015 Ana Cob rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the colors in this book. Almost as much as I like sleeping children.
Sarah (YA Love)
I read this to Jack tonight and despite being overly tired, he watched me read it and reached for the pages. I can tell he liked listening to me and looking at the pictures.
Feb 05, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Picture book. Outstanding illustrations, will be an Aloysius and Finn favorite . Clever story of a girl who doesn't want to go to sleep
Dec 11, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who is not sleepy at all.
Jun 09, 2017 Auna rated it it was amazing
This is a book I did for a detailed text analysis. One of the best children's books I have read! I love all of the patterns and details the author and illustrator use. It is meant to be a bedtime story.
Jun 06, 2017 Brianna rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about a girl who can't fall asleep. The illustrations in this book are hilarious in my opinion. I can relate to the girl, since as a kid I always had trouble falling asleep. I still to this day have trouble. Very cute story!
Amanda Yoshida
Dec 28, 2016 Amanda Yoshida rated it it was amazing
The illustrations of this book are really gorgeous and have a truly unique style to them. The writing is very simple but it also feels poetic and calming. A terrific bedtime book to be sure!
May 22, 2017 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lb
Stunning illustrations. Also only fictional parents are this patient I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE NOT TIRED IT'S BEDTIME.
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