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Sleep, Merel, Sleep

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Who wants to be awake forever?

Life has changed for eight-year-old Merel. Since the birth of her sick baby brother, her parents seem to have forgotten she exists. But when she finds a tiny silver violin in her bedroom rug, things take a turn for the worse.

Merel learns that her sleep has abandoned her and that she must embark on a perilous journey to recover it or stay awak
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Caper Books
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was such a cute children’s book! As a 23 year old with no kids, I’m not necessarily the target audience, but I still liked it.

Since this book was about dreams it gave me a lot of Alice in Wonderland vibes. The main character, Merel, encountered many interesting and unique characters throughout her journey. A few of them reminded me of various Alice characters. For example, King Marmott reminded me of the Queen of Hearts because they were both pretty awful rulers who chased after the title
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This is a story about a little girl called Merel. This is also a story about how Merel one day can’t sleep. This story also happens to be one of the most adorable middle grade stories that I have ever read. Silke Stein did an amazing job in portraying a little girl, and creating a magical world that we see through her eyes.

Merel is a little girl and since her sick baby brother was born, her parents stopped paying attention to her. In a magical wor
Suze Lavender
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Merel used to be the center of attention at home, but everything changed when her baby brother was born and that isn't easy for Merel. Her brother is sick and needs all of her parents' time. Merel is lonely, angry and sad. When she finds a little violin it's the beginning of a long search. Her sleep has left her and she needs to get it back. To do this she has to go to the mysterious Lullaby Grove. Will she be able to find this place?

While she's on her journey Merel meets many different people.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author, Silke Stein, for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read many middle-grade books, not because I don't like them, but simply because it's not my preferred genre. However, I highly enjoyed reading Sleep, Merel, Sleep. It's a magical story, beautifully told by the author. The world building is fascinating, the descriptions vivid, and I immediately fell in love with the premise.

The author incorporates important topics in a way children will u
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, childrens
Closer to a 3.5 stars.
Overall I enjoyed this. Merel is a young girl that I wish I had a better idea of her age. She often acted like a 4-7 year old and then closer to a 9-12 year old which frustrated me not to know if she acted super immature or very mature for her age. It took a couple chapters to get into the feel of what was happening in the book but once I did I enjoyed it more. It has a fantastical element and a slightly dark edge of danger that had me questioning what was really going on.
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Sleep, Merel, Sleep definitely didn't disappoint! It's just the right length and mood – a delightful read, whether you will be reading it with a little one or on your own. Let me tell you more!

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I loved how this story was told and how gradually details were introduced into the narrative. It's a sign of great writing when the author doesn't just show rather than tell, but weaves the little detail in bit by bit, so you learn
Laura Thomas
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Merel is miserable. Ever since her parents brought her sick baby brother home, she’s invisible to them. They’re so busy caring for him, they have no time for their little girl. Throwing a tantrum causes her sleep to leave. Now she can’t rest until she gets it back.

While picking up her things after her fit, Merel discovers a tiny violin. Thus begins her adventure to find her sleep and maybe find her place in the family again.

Merel was such a brave little girl. She set off on her own and faced man
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did like this book it is a really interesting children's book I liked the concept very much it made for a very interesting read. I liked the main character Merel and the characters around her and how interesting her journey was and how she had to find her sleep it was more of a life lesson really. I liked the story it flowed well and kept my attention. So overall I enjoyed this book very much.

-A Review in exchange for the free copy I got-
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Sleep, Merel, Sleep, your father tends the sheep. Your mother shakes the dreamland tree and from it fall sweet dreams for thee, sleep, Merel, sleep.
3.5 stars Silke Stein has woven a surreal tale with lyrical prose that brings the reader into a weird and dreamlike fantasy world. Merel is an angry eight year old girl who has been kind of neglected by her parents after the birth of her sick baby brother, and the book starts with Merel throwing a
Sci-Fi & Scary
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author for review consideration as part of Rosie's Book Review Team.

Sleep, Merel, Sleep puts us in the shoes of a young girl whose life has been disrupted by the bringing home of a very sick sibling. At first, because you as the reader don't know much about Merel's life, it's really easy to dislike the young girl. However, pretty swiftly (it's a short read) you start to feel some sympathy for her and root for her on her journey to regain h
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-ya
A story about a new siblings arrival and abandoned sleep is compelling. But in truth, this read had me hooked from the start where the bedroom contents are described.

Yes! I admit it. This storyline is both magical and whimsical and it was rabbit ear slippers that drew me into this read.

Melding a quest for Lullaby Grove with meetings, discoveries, musical instruments, in a land with rainbow sprinkles where words like zesty flutter about and you will recognize this book blesses all the senses. A
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this book is. The world in it is so beautiful and strange at the same time.

The characters are fantastic, each and everyone of them are perfectly shaped and thought out. It feels like a dream you don't want to wake up from, most of the time that is.

The main character is a very believable young girl who struggles with the feelings of being left to her own devices by her parents because they have so much worries. Merel is also lovely and brave.

I recomme
Paige Green
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through KidLitExchange in return for a review. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 8+ (dark and a little scary for some younger readers)

Pages: 108

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Synopsis: Who wants to be awake forever?

Life has changed for eight-year-old Merel. Since the birth of her sick baby brother, her parents seem to have forgotten she exists. But when she finds a tiny silver violin in her bedroom rug, things take a
Steph Warren
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Merel is feeling sorry for herself and very, very angry. Accustomed to having her parent’s attention, since her poorly baby brother has come onto the scene she has felt pushed out and ignored. Merel has such a temper on her as a result that even her Sleep has had enough of her behaviour and decides to head back to Lullaby Grove and leave her to it. Sleep, Merel, Sleep charts Merel’s
Challa Fletcher
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sleep, Merl, Sleep is a story that sounds like elegant poetry retold by a child. The descriptions are as beautiful as the book's cover, however, the story toes a line between being for children and being just out of their understanding. Sleep, Merl, Sleep is a longer bedtime story. The chapters are a decent size so this book would make a good way to read a continued book to your children each night before bed if your children like the longer-what-happens-next narrative. The end of each chapter w ...more
Eugenia Chu
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sleep, Merel, Sleep, by Silke Stein, is a delightful and adventurous middle grade story about an 8 year old girl, named Merel, who has lost her Sleep after her sickly baby brother is born.   Merel’s sleep abandons her because of her angry and abusive behavior due to losing her parents’ attention.  Merel then has to go on a perilous journey in search of her Sleep if she ever wants to sleep again!  Along the way, an extremely tired Merel encounters several creatures, not all friendly, and some dow ...more
Adeline Mirren
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book was very abstract and weird, but quite interesting. It would be a great pick for middle-grade children who are about to become big brothers or sisters. Merel's brother was just born, and Merel isn't too pleased with him. Because he is sick, Merel's parents never have time for her. One night, Merel's sleep abandons her and she must go on a whimsical journey to find her "Sleep" and return his violin to him so that she can go to bed. Along the way, she meets friends and enemies ...more
Meggan Turner
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written MG book - full review up soon!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Full review available here: ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have gotten away from reading middle-grade books. No real reason. I stopped requesting them on NetGalley. I rarely get an author request through my contact form/email. So, when the author contacted me to review Sleep, Merel, Sleep I almost declined. Then I read the blurb and my attention was caught. From what I read the blurb, I needed to read the book. I am glad that I decided to accept the request because Sleep, Merel, Sleep was a one of a kind middle grade book.

Merel’s Sleep went AWOL. He w
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I want to say thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This isn't my typical genre of choice but did enjoy it. I felt like it jumped around too much with completely explain one scene or ending a scene. I had to really pay attention to catch on to when those jumps happened and to know what was going on.

I think the author did a great job with world building and explaining all that Merel encountered.

Overall I thought this was an ok read it j
Margo James
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Very unusual. Hard to follow the thread of the story. Took forever to read.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Sleep Merel Sleep over the weekend. The author Silke Stein was very kind and sent me this book for review.

It is aimed at children, I'd say around the age of 10 or so.

The book follows Merel, an 8 and a half year old, struggling to come to terms with the arrival or her poorly baby brother. His illness means he is taking up a lot of her parents time and Merel is feeling left out and jealous. When sleep up and leaves, Merel finds herself on an adventure to find lullaby grove... the only plac
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Silke Stein is a graphic designer and author. Silke currently lives at the west coast of Canada, where she combs the shores of the Pacific Ocean and tends to her ever-growing sea glass collection. When she is not at the beach, or writing, she designs book covers for fellow authors.

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