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A Book of Sleep

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,172 ratings  ·  174 reviews
When the sky grows dark
and the moon glows bright,
everyone goes to sleep . . .
except for the watchful owl!

With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Joel
Feb 25, 2012 Joel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, nina
When I read this to my son/daughter, I like to make the sounds of the different animals. I also point out where the little owl is hidden on every page. S/he is still in utero, but I nevertheless feel like this is a worthwhile activity.

LOOK IT IS BEING CUDDLED BY THE TWO PENGUINS!
THERE IT IS FLYING OVER THE WHALE IN THE OCEAN!
NOW IT IS ON A WIRE WITH THOSE OTHER BIRDS*!

The art is simultaneously classic and modern and I'm pretty sure no child will appreciate it on as many levels as I do.






(*which k...more
Kathryn
The illustrations in this book really captivated me--they are so unusual and beautiful! The story itself is a very simple one about all the different ways animals sleep--and how the owl finally falls asleep while everyone else wakes up ;-) Still, it's so beautifully told through the illustrations and a few well-chosen words that this is a true gem of a bedtime and animal story.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is a stunning book, one that appeals to my artistic side (the side that loves art, even if I'm hopeless at it myself). Il Sung Na is an illustrator like no other, and the story is very sweet too. The kids really like this one, with all the different animals, and as they get older there are finer details to notice.

The text is very simple but the illustrations are deceptively simple and utterly gorgeous - I would love to get them as posters.





They speak for themselves, I think. :)
Lisa Vegan
Jan 29, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bedtime story telling for very young children; those who appreciate beautiful illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
The art from cover to cover is unusual and absolutely stunning. Interestingly, much of it was done with the help of digital computer technology; and I will search out more books by this talented picture book artist. This is a gorgeous book.

The story is a perfect and reassuring bedtime story for very young children, as it goes from animal to animal talking about the ways they sleep, and then talking about them all waking up "when the sky turns blue and the sun glows bright” – except for the owl,...more
Ann
3.5 stars

This book follows and owl (happily you can look for it on nearly every page!) who stays up at night, and travels by various other animals who sleep at night.

I'm sure children who are curious about animals, and children who might be afraid to sleep (or of the dark) will enjoy this simple and sweet tale.

The illustrations are interesting and unique and overall I did like this a lot!
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This is the book just begs for you to cuddle up with your child and whisper the story quietly while looking at all of the sleeping animals and trying and find the Owl in every illustration. I've added this and a few other Il Sung Na books to my son's book wish list for the grandparents. This is a lovely book and one you definitely need to try out, I give it 5 stars.

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winda
Suka banget sama ilustrasi di bukunya. Seruuu ikut nemenin burung hantu mengamati hewan-hewan yang sedang tertidur dengan beragam gaya :)
paling suka ilustrasi gajah dan paus yang lagi tidur :)

Penjelasan di buku ini juga sederhana, mudah dimengerti sama anak-anak :D

Tapi, kalau buat anak-anak yang sudah bisa bertanya, harus mengantisipasi banyak kemungkinan pertanyaan dari buku ini, misalnya suara gajah waktu tidur itu berisiknya seperti apa? Burung apa aja yang tidur dengan sebelah mata terbuka d...more
Hannah Notess
Reading this every night at bedtime, I still find it sweet, and it's short enough to not get boring.
Amber
Sep 16, 2012 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents wanting a good bedtime book
“Book of Sleep” by Il Sung Na is a picture book intended for children ages 1-5 years (N). The book tells the story of how different animals sleep as compared to the owl. I gave this book a 4 star rating. I chose 4 stars only because of the illustrations. The book itself I would give 3 stars to but the illustrations are amazing. They are imaginative and unique, the pages could easily be ripped out and framed. “Book of Sleep” does its job effectively in conveying to the reader how the owl sleeps b...more
Leslie Stair
BOOK: A Book of Sleep by Na

CLASS:
Toddler Storybook Art Class

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I read Na’s A Book of Sleep to the children after showing them a few related signs (day, night, moon, stars). WE then briefly discussed the elements of the illustrations-dark sky, moon, stars, animals sleeping, etc.) I then explained that we would be doing a “magic” nighttime painting by first drawing on a sheet of heavy paper with white or very light crayons and then we would be painting over the drawings with water...more
Cassie
When nighttime descends, all the animals go to sleep, except for the watchful owl. So begins this bedtime book which will be loved by the young and old alike! Charming illustrations in muted tones coupled with the brief text set the perfect mood for napping.

I cannot find the words to adequately express just how much I love this sleepy time book! The illustrations by Il Sung Na are so completely amazingly lovely, that I can only describe them as eye-candy. The horse tushes and 'one eye open' bird...more
Naomi
The illustrations in this book were AMAZING. There was just something of pure joy about this book, but it was in its simplest form. It was a book about how animals sleep, but it was more than that. I have read numerous reviews from parents on how they used this book to put their kids to sleep and the little traditions of things each of them would do. I can see it-how this book will carry on in each of those kids memories.
Chelsea
Perfect for bed time!

Na, Il S. A Book of Sleep. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Print. 24 p.

A Book of Sleep allows readers to discover the ways various animals sleep. With the owl as the guide through the night, readers visit elephants, fish, pigeons, penguins, giraffes, and others as they are asleep. Some sleep standing up, such as the horse, but all animals sleep at night, except for our guide the owl. Tired owl finally gets rest when the day begins. Using computer applications, the illustrat...more
A.C. Bauch
This book was a random grab off the library shelf, and I'm so glad it caught my eye. The story is unique, and the illustrations are phenomenal. I'd give the book five stars based on the illustrations alone. I like them so much I downloaded a wallpaper slideshow of them.
Becki
Now this book was great. My four year old niece and I loved the illustrations. She could identify every animal. And wanted to know why the owl slept at night and the rest did not. Kept entertained and seeking knowledge. Win, win, win!!
jesse
Every inch of every page is illustrated in this visual treat! Young readers follow watchful owl in the dark on an imaginative discovery of animal behavior. The layering and detail in Na’s mixed media spreads create a depth you feel you could fly through. The text, sweet and succinct, guides you rhythmically along, while rich yet quiet hues depict how the look of night varies in the different places the animals rest. This is a book to pore over and over. With each read, you may find a new star to...more
Carolynne
Simple text describes many animals who are sleeping after dark while the owl watches--quiet sleepers, noisy ones, ones who sleep standing up, with one or both eyes open, etc. The stylized, illustrations ("created by combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers, which were then compiled in Adobe Photoshop," according to the verso at the end of the book, which I take to mean the author used both original and computer generated drawings ) are airy, humorous (but not cartoon...more
Lindsay
The illustrations in this book are enchanting and beautiful. The text is simple enough to keep a toddler interested.
April Thompson
Brilliant illustrations! Cute story that brings you through the sleep word of different animals.
Sarah Martinez
The illustrations in this book are GORGEOUS! Just the right amount of words for my 18mo old.
Sherri
If it captures the attention of my 1 yr old son long enough to finish, it's a keeper!
Cheryl Espinosa
I love this book. I think this book is worth a buy!!!
Ryan
it had good illustrations and good content and message.
Astrid
Beautiful collage-like images that describe how many animals sleep. The OWL can be found in each page and it is just lovely to slowly turn the pages and read. Few words but a lot to look at and talk about with your little ones.
Green Bean
"When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep...except for the watchful owl." Fly through the night with this wise wanderer learning the ways animals like to sleep. Meet snoring elephants, snuggling penguins and pigeons who have one eye open even when they're snoozing! Spot owl in each of Na's dreamy illustrations, full of moonlit blues, starry yellows and delicate lines. The book ends with a daybreak surprise as the tables are turned and we learn that even night cre...more
Nielson
Using rich and colorful illustrations, the reader goes along with the watchful owl as it lightly covers some of the sleeping habits of different animals. It is a calming and peaceful read and would be great before bedtime! Although it would be most appropriate for pre-K, it could also be used in elementary when discussing sleeping habits of animals and/or art. The illustrations are beautiful! EL-OPTIONAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.

I really loved the illustrations in this book!
April
Beautiful illustrations
Rachel
I've had this on my son's to-read list forever but didn't have the time to pick it up until this week. The book is a very simple bedtime book about all the animals going to sleep and waking up again, except for the owl. I love the illustrations though, they make the book look whimsical and fun. I especially like the one with the giraffes resting on clouds as they sleep alone and the one-eye-open pigeons. Highly recommended for ages 1-5, 5 stars.
Lindsey
I absolutely love the illustrations in this picture book. I think older students would enjoy them too. They are gorgeous, but they also contain a hint of humor. This could be a great conversation starter for ELLs to talk about their sleep patterns/preferences. Are they light or deep sleepers? Sleep walkers? Do they snore? Do they like sharing a room? Do they need peace and quiet to sleep? Funny sleep stories?

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Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London.
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