Tuesday, January 3, 2017

THE LITTLE ELEPHANT WHO WANTS TO FALL SLEEP by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin / Book Review

By: Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin
Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson
Published by: Crown Books For Young Readers
Released on: October 4th, 2016
Ages: 6 & up
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Add variety to your child’s bedtime routine with the latest book from the author of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, the New York Times and international bestseller that parents have been raving about! Features all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques to reclaim bedtime and provide a sweet and tender end to each day.
Your child joins Ellen the Elephant on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. Along the way, children meet different fantastical characters and have calming experiences that help them relax and slip into slumber quickly. The story works perfectly for either naptime or bedtime.

Children will love switching between stories about both Roger the Rabbit (The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep) and Ellen the Elephant (The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep), and parents will appreciate the diverse ways each character will help their loved ones fall asleep quickly and easily. 

Includes never-before-seen material that will make a difference at bedtime, including insightful sleep tips and answers to frequently asked questions to help guide families to an even more satisfying nighttime routine!

Cute illustrations and a good story concept. This book is great for older readers (7 & up), but falls short for young children. The word length on each page is too long to keep young attention spans. If the pages were half the length, it would have been perfect for toddlers-kindergarten age kids. While I get the concept of this book is to help readers understand sleep, and why our bodies need rest, it's not a good bedtime story like it's marketed for, for really young kids.

This book is a much better fit for children 6 & up. With having a longer word length than the average picture book, it will hold their attention spans longer than younger children. There is a calming effect that the author uses in the story that does seem to work towards the end of the story. The author also includes notes at both the beginning and end of the book to help readers better understand his strategy for his story. 

Over all, we felt this story needed to be a little less wordy for us to like it as much as we wanted to. 

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