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Description - Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar

Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep, just in case she has a bad dream. She asks her older brother Willoughby for help. Wise Willoughby knows that she just needs to think of all happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning...A beautiful text by one of our best-loved authors, illustrated in an adorable style, this book has won widespread critical acclaim. Children are clamouring to have this story every bedtime!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552545068
ISBN-10: 0552545066
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 233mm x 4mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Corgi Childrens
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 2-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar

UK Kirkus Review » This is a charming jewel of a book for the very young. Not only is there a comforting bedtime story in a slim pouched volume but hidden inside the fat pretend-book with its little lock is a furry beanie toy asleep in bed. Everything about this package of book and toy is high quality, from the appealing violet fold-away cover to the pull-out book in its sheath and the sweet lop-eared bunny with furry ears. This is a child's equivalent of comfort food, and it will be the favourite book of the year for the very young. The soothing 'count your blessings' little story told to Willa the bear by her brother Willoughby has beautiful and evocative illustrations. Adults will smile at the subtle tale which deals with every child's reluctance and fear of going to sleep. This is a book to treasure. Ages 2-4 (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » All young rabbits should have a brother like Willoughby in their upper bunks when the fear of bad dreams lurks. Willoughby counsels little Willa, who is having trouble nodding off, to "think of something happy, then you won't have a bad dream." Perhaps her chicken slippers are marking time for her morning feet, and her robe is longing for her to slip inside come morning. Then Willoughby takes her on a tour of the warren - the breakfast to come, the toys to play with the next day, a look out the window at the night waiting upon the dawn - all anxious for Willa's morning appearance. Lastly there is that bear in bed: "'What do you think he is doing?" asked Willoughby. 'Waiting for me to snuggle up with him,' said Willa.'" And sleep comes. What's so pleasing is the presence of an ordinary brother, doing the right thing. An unsentimental, satisfying book for siblings to share. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Joyce Dunbar

Joyce Dunbar (Author) Joyce Dunbar is a widely respected author of more than fifty books for children. Her MOUSE AND MOLE series has been very popularly adapted for television and her lyrical re-telling of the Nativity story, THIS IS THE STAR, received widespread critical acclaim. She has also collaborated with artist Debi Gliori for several picture books for the Doubleday/Picture Corgi list, including TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.Debi Gliori (Illustrator) Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997. Her backlist in Doubleday/Corgi includes Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and The Very Small. Pure Dead Magic, which introduced the Strega-Borgias, was her first novel. It was followed by Pure Dead Wicked, Pure Dead Brilliant, Deep Trouble, Deep Water and Deep Fear. Debi lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.

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