Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep : Review

There are nights when I stay up past 2am. And there are nights when I fall asleep too soon. But what do you do when it's bed time but you are not at all sleepy ?

The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep answers this question with its engaging story and am here today to tell you all about this book.

About the Book

Title : The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep
Author : by Caroline Nastro
Illustrator : Vanya Nastanlieva
Publication :  01 Oct 2016 ( Expected )
Publisher : North South Books Inc.
Genre : Children's Fiction - Picture Book 
There’s no place like home when it’s time for bed. When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City -- a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it’s called the city that never sleeps. What’s a bear to do? Caroline Nastro’s gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva’s engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!


The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep, as you must've found out from the synopsis already, is about a bear cub who's just not sleepy at all, despite it being bed time ( or probably hibernation time as I understand from the winter setting ). 

The story begins thus : 

"There once was a bear who could not sleep in the winter."

He wanders off to the city and comes back home when he's finally drowsy after exploring all the wonders of the city. 

The story is pretty simple. But the picture that it paints, of New York as the city that never sleeps, is highly engaging. As our little bear wanders about, we get glimpses into the city and its culture. The sandwich delis and noodle bars at Times Square, a snow covered Central Park and more locations symbolic of the city appear in the book replete with beautiful illustrations.

The hand drawn illustrations by Vanya Nastanlieva are not just beautiful but very well detailed too. The buildings and people have been drawn with much thought and care making them so interesting to look at. Shades of blue and white are used in plenty to give a wintry look to the whole book. 

The front cover shows the little bear out in the snow in his night clothes, clutching his pillow tight as the city lights glow behind him from afar. The cover captures the setting of the story very well and is sure to peek the interest of young readers with probable questions as to why the little bear is out in the snow in his night clothes.

The text gave a Flesch-Kincaid readability score of 87.6 and a grade level of 5.2 which means the book would be suitable for readers of age five and up. Though the language is simple, a lot of new vocabulary is introduced at a good pace. The book is better read aloud as it has a rhythm when read that children are sure to like. 

I would definitely recommend this book as a great bedtime read for preschoolers, especially the ones who like the little bear cannot sleep at night. The Bear Who Couldn't Sleepwith its huge and colourful illustrations will also be a beautiful addition to the little one's bookshelf.

"There's no place like home when it's time for bed."

Would you get this book for your little ones ? Or have you read this book already ? Tell me all about it !

[ *I received an electronic ARC of the book from the publisher North South Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ]