Little Sleepyhead: A Picture Book Review

Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike and Patrice BartonSpare text and large, fluid illustrations come together in Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike and Patrice Barton (illustrator) to create a delightful bedtime story.

McPike’s rhyming tale flows as smoothly as any lullaby, describing a child’s body parts, from “tired little toes” to “tired little everything” as a variety of “precious little sleepyheads” are prepared for bed. The text is presented in couplets printed in a different color on each spread.

Barton’s illustrations show a variety of babies, siblings, and caregivers in large format on a white background that will translate well for those viewing the book up-close or from a distance in a read-aloud setting.

An excellent choice for bedtime-themed programs or one-on-one nighttime routines.

*A more condensed version of this review appeared in an issue of School Library Journal from which it can be seen in various sites online*