Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells [Review & Giveaway - book & limited edition signed print]

Candlewick Press
Ages 2-5; 24 pages; $14.99
Purchase on Amazon
My thoughts:  Lovely! A gentle, sweetly flowing text that while not directly connected to the pictured story of ending the day and settling into bed it does set the stage with calm thoughts and tender words.

The illustrations are bold and yet simple and are colorful and yet muted with the setting of the sun and approaching darkness. Some might see impressionist art in the style. Me, I see lovely children's illustrations.

And who doesn't love the bunnies that always populate a story book by Rosemary Wells? This particular little book takes me reminiscing back to when my youngest child was a little one. We happened upon a "bin" of highly discounted (and somewhat marred) bunnies, and she selected a little blue bunny. That little blue bunny saw her through many "scary" nights, sicknesses, heartaches, and even later it had a place in her grown up life. So..... little bunnies matter and this lovely bedtime bunny book is a joy.

The tiny sketches under the text can be found in the full illustrations on the adjacent pages providing opportunity for search-for-the-object and seek 'n find activities. There is a lot of detail in Ms. Wells illustrations capturing the essence of home life and preparations to end the day and get ready for quietly settling into bed.

A good choice for homes with young children and a must have for all libraries.
May the noises of evening be gentle and airy. 
About the book: Sleep, My Bunny (pub date 11/13/18; Ages 2-5; 24 pages; $14.99) is a soothing lullaby of a story, meant for the very young and their caregivers. With an expressionistic style reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, the small book shows parents guiding their little bunny through the universal steps of bedtime: supper, clean up, bath time, and reading. Wells’ simple, poetic narrative pairs with her gorgeous artwork to create a bedtime read aloud – a perfect script for a reassuring voice – sure to lull a small child to slumber.

~❣~ GIVEAWAY ~❣~
Book and limited edition print,
 signed by Rosemary Wells
Begins January 9
Ends February 2 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses
NO P.O. Boxes, please.

About the author: Rosemary Wells has written over 120 books for children, including the beloved Max & Ruby series and she illustrated the bestselling My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book and a signed print to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own alone and are freely given. Prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Candlewick Press.


  1. "(1) One other Candlewick picture book you would like to have" "Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library" by Mick Manning.

    "(2) Then look under the Candlewick/Imprints tab, select 'Big Picture Press' and select one picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera" "Artcards: Fashion" by Jenny Broom.

  2. Regarding Rosemary Wells, I followed:


    That is her Twitter account. The link in the rafflecopter widget is to another Rosemary Wells, and at her Website she has an incorrect Twitter link--to a Website developer, not her own Twitter account.

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  5. Another Candlewick picture book that I would like to have would be Dig, Dump, Roll. The "Big Picture Press" picture book that I would like reviewed would be Dinosaurium. My son would love both of these books! :)

  6. 1. I'd like to have the book Peep and Ducky It's Snowing.

    2. I'd like for you to have a giveaway for this book: A Pandemonium of Parrots and Other Animals.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  7. My grandchildren will love reading Sleep My Bunny or maybe enjoy being reading too. Sounds like a very sweet tale.

  8. Little fox in the snow, and Peep and Ducky It's Snowing!

  9. My nieces LOVE Rosemary Wells! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!

  10. (1) One other Candlewick picture book I would like to have is A Is for Australian Animals.

    (2) One picture book I would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera would be A Pandemonium of Parrots and Other Animals.

  11. I like Peep and Ducky It's Snowing and I would like you to review
    Fish Everywhere
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. 1 Colors: Early Learning at the Museum
    2 Nina's Book of Little Things

  13. (1) The Princess in Black

    (2) Around the World in 80 Puzzles


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