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The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,816 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep?
In " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all ove
Paperback, 24 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Ashley yes, the book helped my three year old fall asleep on the first night, then again the second night. the third night he didn't want to read it because …moreyes, the book helped my three year old fall asleep on the first night, then again the second night. the third night he didn't want to read it because he wised-up that it made him "sleepy". we call it the "sleepy story" and after a few days without reading it, he asked for it again last night and promptly fell asleep. I read and followed all the author's "directions" and i find it fascinating that my son really listens to the exact words in the story that encourage him to go to sleep now. he says "ok mamma" and closes his eyes, relaxes (or "belax" as he says) his body. he's so innocent, it's adorable.(less)

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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
Although there is a slew of negative feedback for this one, I honestly don’t find this book to be entirely ineffective. My six year old daughter often has trouble falling asleep at night, and reading this book seems to do a fine job in calming her and aiding her off to dreamland.

Please note: this works on my 39-year old husband who’s pretty much snoring away before I’ve finished the intro. (Also note: he could fall asleep to the sound of explosions.)

This story begins with a rabbit who wants to
Tom Franklin
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Granted, I did not read this to a child in an attempt to get them to go to sleep. However, I did read this book.

And I found it to be creepy. Creepy a that sort of hypnotically, mind-controlling manipulating way that made me feel uneasy and unwilling to subject a child to this sort of thing.

The story is dull and poorly told. The 'secret' behind this book is the guided spoken inflections and emphasis points that Ehrlin has throughout the book. This sort of structured reading is supposed to lull a
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
What a weird book. I get the concept of it. I'm a fan of self-hypnosis and have used it in the births of my three children with success. (Trust me, I was always aware I was fricking in labor, but I kept calm and was able to birth medication-free.) I thought this might be a nice way to help my kids relax and fall asleep.

As it turns out, it's a super boring book that's just bizarre, and it only sorta kinda worked on one kid.

First of all, the marketing of it turned me off. Why not just say it's hyp
Dec 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Good idea, but creepy, amateurish illustrations and a narratively clumsy, un-story-like text make this a big NO for me. As both a psychologist and a children's book collector, I can say that Yes, some of the words of the book might help induce sleep, as the author is basically using instructions similar to those used in relaxation exercises and hypnotic state inductions. But this could have been so much better done, and it HAS been better done. Check the Chinaberry Childrens book catalogue or th ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I bought the e-Book and the audiobook versions. My 3 year old couldn't care less but my 7 year old, who is very difficult for me to get to sleep, requests the audiobook nightly and enjoys falling asleep to it. I'd recommend the audiobook because I find the book tedious for *me* to read out loud every night.

Edited: 1 month in and my 7 year old was asleep within 13 minutes for the audiobook.
Louise George
Sep 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Found the story long and tedious and the illustrations a bit creepy. Tried a few times to see if it would help shorten bedtime but both girls disliked it and kept shouting "stop, Mummy!" whenever I tried to read it. Opinions I've heard on this book seem to be quite polarised - I would describe it as a Marmite book - you either love it or hate it. Sadly we are in the latter category.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Utterly brilliant.
Ehrlin's commentary on modern parent's coercive tendencies is both chilling and broadly satirical. Here there is rather disturbing narrative exposing the way parents routinely insult their children's intelligence, and in doing so show their own intellectual limitations. In the most real way possible, 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' reveals to us the hellscape of childhood, where children are stripped of all agency even over their own emotions and mental states, and forced
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Wow this is awful. The pictures are ok, but the text is long and chunky and full of crazy typography with seemingly random words put in bold or italics. I know this was not written in English originally, but this translation looks like something even Google translate could top. Sentences lurch from past to present and from one subject to two subjects and from fragments to run-ons and all of it is mixed in with just plain old fashioned it doesn't sound like a native speaker expressions.

I can gue
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes I did get sleepy :)
Gerard Villegas
I'm suffering from insomnia and obviously I don't want to be addicted to prescription sleeping pills so what's a guy like me to do? Well read The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep which guarantees that all children will fall asleep after reading it. Therefore, I did. I read through this God-awful book and fell asleep from this stupid drawn-out plot and the creepfest drawings that is sure to keep me awake at night now! Thank you Mr. Ehrlin!

Once again whoever thought publishing this to an mainstream
Anna Nesterovich
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Scrolling down the book's page on Goodreads I found that first several reviews start with a word 'creepy', and I totally agree! This 'new way of getting children to sleep' consists of reading incredibly boring stories with repetitive phrases meant to hypnotize the kid. The foreword says that if it didn't work the first time, just read it again. Great, just read an incredibly boring story several times and, bingo, the kid is asleep!

In my world, the bed time is the time for imagination, for intere
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chidderbooks, animals
The italicized soft-sleepy voice and repeated yawns and inclusions of the name of the child's name just struck me as...transparently manipulative. Which I guess is not problematic when you're desperately trying to get your kid to go to sleep.

But how exactly do those repeated "now"s come across as anything but jolting demands??
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, especially the audio version in audible for anyone to fall asleep to.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It helped my girl relax and settle in. It didn’t matter what the story and pictures were, what mattered was that it provided a no-brainer/no-energy way for me to use a soothing voice and relax her during bedtime. At one point she said “if I close my eyes I can’t see the pictures”...completely unprompted.

I doubt she’ll choose to read this that often but if we can make it part of bedtime routine, I bet it will help her get to sleep faster with very little effort from me. I’ll take it.
James Littlejohn
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Who named Roger Rabbit?

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is an unusual book for children designed to help them fall asleep. It will also make you want to be put to sleep.

Slogging through this creepy, repetitive story is at its best like watching an ineffective hypnotist. At its worst, it's like being stabbed in the head.

Besides the plot, prose, artwork and pacing, one of the biggest problems I had with the book is the protagonist's name: Roger. Roger the Rabbit? Really?? The author couldn't
Melissa Bennrup
Aug 17, 2015 added it
Shelves: alex
Allowing for the fact that the book is not primarily a bedtime story in the usual sense, this was the most soul destroying way of ruining the bedtime story experience I have yet come across. Having picked a night when my toddler was very tired, by the end of the story he was still awake whilst I was nearly comotose with boredom. Whether it was due to clumsy translation or necessary hypnotic style it was extremely awkward and mind numbingly boring to read. Although my son did ask for the rabbit ...more
Thomas Edmund
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really wish this book was real. I guess I knew the moment I read it that there is no possible way a random book can guarantee a sleep, but as any desperate parent would and does I snapped it up.

It does almost put me to sleep (if my child wasn't screaming next to me) with all the planned pauses, yawns and word repetition which I totally see how its expected to work, but along with I imagine very many other families, my child simply doesn't enjoy the story so begins fussing pretty much immediate
Nancy Kotkin
Not sure how to rate this book. It is poorly written, with shifts in point-of-view and verb tense throughout. There is no story arc. The illustrations add nothing to the text, other than additional sleep references. But reading it did make me sleepy, which is the intended function of the book. Then again, I always fall asleep on boring books.
Aug 20, 2015 marked it as to-read
Haven't yet read this, but plan to. Sounds like a perfect companion book (for children) to include in a family gift pack containing also Go the F*ck to Sleep (for the parents). ...more
Marybeth Trzebiatowski
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The word and vowel sound repetition is hypnotic and helps my four-year-old son wind down enough to go to sleep. Yes, the story is terrible and the grammar is worse but it does what it says on the tin and helps induce a calmer state of mind so my kiddo (and I) can get some rest.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-alouds
Yes, this book is weird. The pictures are a bit creepy, and the translation is weak. But it has changed my life. My children aged 7 and 5 ask for it every night and now actually go to sleep.
Bree Decker
I read it to a four-year-old after reading a handful of other books, and it actually did help him fall asleep. It's a tedious read, though; I wanted to fall asleep myself.
Kate Ditzler
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tedious to read, but reinforces all the relaxation techniques I was trying to teach my daughter before the book came along. I think that's why it's effective for her.
Jennifer Holden
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-oliver
Language wise It's a bit awkward to read - almost as if it's a bad translation. I can see how it works though. There's lots of repetition and directed relaxation.
Nick Jones
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Though you will not find the word hypnosis on the back cover, introduction, story text, or author blurb, that is what the text of this book literally is (or "guided meditation" if you prefer), using all of the typical phrasing and cadence of a hypnotic induction with some neuro-linguistic programming language to boot. That's precisely why the language is, to quote some other reviewers, "creepy," "bizarre," "boring," "odd," "dire," "horrifying," "incoherent," "dull," "mind-controlling," "weird," ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I hate this book. I gave it one star only because zero stars looks like I didn't rate it at all.

I actually don't mind the illustrations (which some other reviewers have complained about), or that it's a boring story (duh, you're trying to get the kids to sleep, right?), and I don't mind that it's basically intended to be hypnosis/relaxation techniques for children - hey, whatever works, I'm into it.

So why do I hate it so much? The writing is TERRIBLE. This book is jam-packed full of incomplete
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Bernadine Bedneau
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes this book is creepy. The pictures are not endearing. My children seem to hate it. But it works! Happy dance! I would used the audible version when my eldest was about 4 years old. She got out of bed and left the room at first because she was fighting sleep that hard and she knew the story would make her sleep. (Or maybe it really creeped her out. ) It worked. I used it several times and it worked 95% of the time. She is 7 now and has no trouble going to sleep but my 2 year old has now starte ...more
Caroline Leblond
I get that the book has the role of hipnotizing kiddos to go to sleeping mode... but the images that are made boring to keep the kid in a sleeping process are really boring. I think I was able to read it 4-5 times to my kid in a year. He doesnt want me to read it each time I show it to him. He tells me that the story is too long, that images arent attractive and that the story is boring (sleepy... which yeah its a quality for the purpose of this book).

Then, I would have liked attractive images
Shauna McCabe
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've had the book for awhile but found it hard to read and couldn't get through it without stumbling. Gave up for awhile -- then I discovered the audiobook. The 5-year-old who normally takes over an hour to fall asleep and is up constantly with questions was snoring within 20 minutes. Yes its the repetitiveness makes it sound creepy BUT the creepiness goes away when you're listening to the story instead of reading it yourself. I highly recommend the AUDIOBOOK for parents who have an insomniac li ...more
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Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin is a Swedish author who wrote the bestselling children's book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, written to help parents to get their child to fall asleep. Forssén Ehrlin has a background in psychology which helped him while writing the book. The rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep has topped Amazon’s best seller list.

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