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I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed (Charlie & Lola)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,437 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
It's bedtime for Charlie and Lola, the hilarious siblings from I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO.

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it's time for bed? Heralded by the WASHINGTON POST as "a delightful new voice in children's books," author-illustr
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Candlewick Press (first published May 24th 2001)
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Jul 08, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I recently fell in love with the "Charlie and Lola" animated series--which is based on these books. The television series is SO terribly cute, funny and sweet and I absolutely love-love-love that Charlie and Lola are British (one of my favorite things in life is listening to adorable British-children accents). I think I like the book more having seen the series first, knowing how Charlie and Lola "speak" and reading the story with their accents in my mind. Still, it's a really cute, fun and imag ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Tc rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I adore the Charlie and Lola tv series and books. Charlie is always patient and creative with his little sister. The art is very colorful and engaging. The fact that students may have seen this series on t.v. means teachers can use this to connect with students, and encourage early readers to look through the books on their own. This story would be a fun read aloud in class, which can then lead to text-to-self discussions about bed time rituals of students, and the importance of sleep.
Drew Graham
Sep 08, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Lola, like a lot of kids her age, insists that she's not sleepy and therefore won't go to bed. Older brother Charlie knows better, but will he be able to persuade Lola it's bedtime?

Of course we like C&L at our house, but it's nice to run across the occasional original selection (you can just tell). I think every caregiver can relate to sleepytime resistance, so this one resonates, and it also works as a general bedtime story too.
Jul 13, 2007 Lani rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: imaginative readers of any age
How did I survive chilchood without these books?!?

I moonlight as a children's book reviewer for a Southern Vermont/ Berkshire County, MA, newspaper and happened upon the Charlie and Lola series last year. The books, each and every one, are absolutely enchanting and chock full of dry, irreverent British humor. Lauren Child's whimsical drawings and collages are a joy to behold -- they leap off the page in glorious technicolor.

Charlie and Lola -- a patient, rational older brother and sweetly stubbo
Kimberly Idso
Apr 09, 2016 Kimberly Idso rated it really liked it
Charlie sometimes has to help Lola get ready for bed at night. This is always a hard task, but one night he has a particularly hard time getting Lola ready. Lola tells him that she is not tired and will not even be tired at 13 o'clock at night! After hearing this, Charlie decides he needs to take a different approach. He decides to give Lola her favorite pink milk so she will go to bed. Before Lola sits to drink her pink milk she insists that she can't drink unless all three tigers in the room h ...more
Anna Wilson
Mar 28, 2016 Anna Wilson rated it it was amazing
Title: I Am Not Sleepy and I will Not go to Bed
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Picture Book
Theme(s): family, friendship, routine
Opening line/sentence: “I have this little sister, Lola.”
Brief Book Summary:
This story is about a brother, Charlie, trying to get his little sister, Lola, to go to bed. She claims she never gets sleepy and comes up with excuses as to why she cannot go to bed. However, he brother plays into her games knowing that he will eventually be a
Melissa Stasi
Feb 15, 2015 Melissa Stasi rated it it was amazing
I have always had a close connection with this book because I read this series as a child and watched all of the TV shows before I went to school. Its a great book because the illustrations are almost "child-like" and children can relate because it is as if they are taking care of their little sibling. This book is about an older brother taking care of his little sister and she just does not want to go to bed. She has an extremely imaginative mind and Charlie, the older brother, has to go along ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it
Charlie has been given the task of getting Lola off to be, but Lola likes to stay up late. Lola comes up with several reasons as to why she can't get ready for bed, such as the lion has eaten her toothbrush or because there are whales in the bath. After several attempts, Lola gets into bed, only to tell Charlie there is a hippopotamus in his bed!

This story is brilliant for young children, aged around 3-6 I would say. The illustrations are presented in a collage style and are bright, colourful a
Caycee Hatchette
Personal reaction: I wasn't a huge fan of this book. However, I think that younger students would find this funny.

I would read this book to kindergarten and first graders because the humor is better suited for younger children. A lot of the book is imagination, because there can't really be a whale in the bathtub but the imagination and the extreme hyperbole of that situation is what makes it funny. Other than hyperbole, there isn't much figurative language because it pretty much leaves everythi
Giorgos Georgiou
Jul 02, 2014 Giorgos Georgiou rated it it was amazing
The main characters in this book are Charlie and Lola and it is set in their house, Charlie is telling the story and has been given the task of getting Lola to bed. Lola does not want to go to bed and insists on a number of reasons as to why she shouldn't! Her reasons consist of Tigers needing milk or that a Lion has eaten her toothbrush! This is a very engaging book for young children, the collages are very bright and colourful and the illustrations fill the page entirely. Similarly the text is ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Nke rated it liked it
Shelves: pgce
This book I found very interesting. Lola loves to stay up late and refuses to listen to her older brother Charlie and go to bed. Rather than go to bed, Lola makes up numerous excuses to get out of going to bed, but Charlie is patient and goes along with her--secretly tricking her along the way to get her to bed.
The illustration is also very engaging and will captivate a child easily. I think that this story is ideal for a KS1 child.
Apr 08, 2014 Aiyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddos
4-year-old E., who also does not like to go to bed, adores this story. As big brother Charlie tries to get his little sister Lola ready for bed, she comes up with excuse after excuse, each more ridiculous than the last. But rather than arguing with her, Charlie treats each of Lola's reasons as valid and helps her move past them. Whales in the bathtub? We'll just shoo them down the drain. Tigers at the table? A glass of strawberry milk will satisfy them.

Although I was initially thrown off by the
DJ Yossarian
Jul 16, 2013 DJ Yossarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Hilarious, no matter how many times you read it.
Rosa Cline
Dec 15, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Charlie and Lola books are very sweet to curl up with your child and read. A very good life lesson without being 'in your face' about lessons. In this one Charlie (the older sibling) tries and helps put his younger sister Lola to bed. He tries everything he can to get her to do the things she should and then when her imagination goes out of control he plays along with her to get her to brush her teeth, put on pjs and finally get in bed. A cute way of siblings working with one another and getting ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 06, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc, read-in-2010
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child is a book Harriet chose for herself at a recent trip to the book store. When the parents are busy, Charlie's put in charge of getting younger sister, Lola, to bed. Charlie has to use gentle persuasion and humor to get the rambunctious Lola to listen. She would rather bounce, play with stickers, and chatter than go to bed.

As a parent and an older sibling I could completely relate to Charlie's Herculean task. The youngest child needs exta sl
Crystal Thomas
Sep 02, 2014 Crystal Thomas rated it really liked it
I have never heard of watched the series "charlie and lola" that is based off of these books. Charlie has been tasked with trying to get his little sister Lola, who likes to stay up late, to go to bed. its a cute book about a little sister with a wild imagination about lions and whales and a brother who tries to take care if her. its a silly book that kids will probably get a good laugh out of. not my favorite, but I didn't dislike it.
(2005) Charlie's little sister, Lola, likes to stay up late and never gets tired. It's Charlie's job to put get Lola ready for bed. In this funny story, Charlie must convince Lola to drink her bedtime drink, brush her teeth, take a bath, and put on her pajamas. For each task Lola's imagination makes it that much harder for Charlie to get her tucked into bed.
Addyson Barr
Sep 17, 2015 Addyson Barr rated it really liked it
I thought this was a cute book that little girls would love. The pictures were a jumble of pictures, crayons, and ink which little kids would like. I also found this relatable to my experience before I used to go to bed and not want to.
Sep 17, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
I picked this book thinking the illustrations would be different and fun, but I really didn't like them. There was a lot going on with the illustrations and the font that I didn't really care for. The storyline is cute though.
Crystal Allen
Lauren Child is one of my favorite current children's writers and illustrators. Before I had my daughter I hoped that I would have a little girl who was just like Lola with a bit of Charlie thrown in. Oh did I ever end up with a Lola and let me tell you she gets a kick out of this book.

We have this book in a pop up version and it is Bella's very favorite book ever. If she could read just one book for the rest of her life I bet it would be this one.

She too hates to go to bed. As I read the book t
My daughter really related to this book! After reading it (many, many times) she took to saying " I am not sleepy at 6, or at 7, or at 8 and not at all tired at 9...." :)
Feb 25, 2014 ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids
Shelves: y-childrens
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will. Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child

A cute bedtime story for kids that don't like to go to bed with gigantic imaginations.
May 26, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
I love all Lauren Child books with Charlie and Lola. Ok, well I have only read two of them but they are hilarious. A must read for sure!
Taylor Milano
Apr 22, 2015 Taylor Milano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story and made me laugh at some points because of the antics that the little sister was displaying before she went to bed
Mar 05, 2015 Illeyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very funny book. I feel that students with younger siblings can relate completely. I definitely would recommend this book.
Feb 05, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was very cute and simple. The story line is certain to make children giggle.
Missun Raine
I HAVE AND AND ALWAYS WILL LOVE CHARLIE AND LOLA! Such great stories. Such imagination and whimsy
Maria Bulfamante
Mar 03, 2015 Maria Bulfamante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie and Lola is a fantastic book. The tv show is also very funny and interesting to watch!
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
2007 Sep 29

the girls like Charlie and Lola better than the others, by a small margin
Mar 29, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls love the Charlie and Lola series on TV, so when they pick out one of the Charlie and Lola books, I put on my best English accent and try to mimic their voices. These stories are so much fun that you hardly think about the fact that they are also fun and silly ways to end the nighttime or, in the case of the book I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, dinnertime fights.
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Lauren Child grew up in Wiltshire as the middle child of three sisters and the daughter of two teachers. She has always been interested in the many aspects of childhood, from gazing into toy shop windows to watching American children's shows from the 1960s. After attending two Art Schools, where Lauren admits that she did not learn much, she travelled for six months, still unsure about which caree ...more
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“Then I say, "Let's go and brush our teeth." So Lola says, "But Charlie, I can't brush my teeth because somebody is using my tooth." "But who would use your toothbrush?" I ask. Lola says "I think that lion. I saw a lion with my toothbrush and now he's brushing his teeth with it." "But it isn't this your toothbrush Lola?" "Oh," says Lola, "he must be using yours.” 33 likes
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