"Sleep Like A Tiger," by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin)
Sumptuous illustrations and elegant word choices turn the familiar complaint -- "I'm just not sleepy!" -- into something special. Snails "curl up like cinnamon rolls inside their shells," "bears are mighty sleepers," and although the little girl isn't tired, it feels good to be nice and clean, the sheets feel crisp, and . . . zzz. Ages 4-8.
Great tales, for kids of all ages, that stood out on the shelf this year. -- Sonja Bolle...
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