By Karina Wolf and illustrated by The Brothers Hilts
This book is amazingly illustrated. It has a Tim Burton meets Despicable Me feel to it but is still something unique unto itself. I was intrigued with it from the moment I picked it up off of the library shelf.
This book is about a family that moves to a different time zone. At first they have jet lag, but they find that they are happier sleeping during the day and being awake during the night. It is a simple enough story line. My two year old easily followed it. My favorite lines in the book are, “Mika wrangled her nighttime pets — an aardvark, an angel shark, a bandicoot and a small-eared zorro frisked in Mika’s room. A fennec fox lived under her bed, and she fed him night beetles.” I love introducing my son to lesser known animals and this was a fun way to do it. You even learn about how different animals sleep in this book.
Usually, I wait to see if my son will ask me to read a book to him again. I didn’t need to or want to wait. Once we finished it, we just started reading it again. Such a good book!
All of the characters are wonderful. They have a problem (they can’t sleep) and they figure out how to solve it in a way that works best for them. I didn’t edit/censor a single word in or out of this book when reading it to my two year old. It’s a fantastic, fantastic book. It is on my to-be-purchased-soon list. We’ll be reading this book over and over again.
What a wonderful book and what a great debut for Karina Wolf. I’m interested in seeing what else The Brothers Hilts have done. Really, I’m blown away.
Where Obtained: Library.
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