REVIEW: All my Friends are Fast Asleep by David Weinstone
All my Friends are Fast Asleep
by David Weinstone
Illustrated by Magali Le Huche
Children’s Fiction/Bedtime Stories
After tossing and turning in his bed, a little boy embarks on a nighttime quest to find a cozy place to rest. He visits one animal friend after another, from a lark in its nest to a mole in its hole. But while all the animals he meets are happily dozing off, this tuckered-out wanderer remains wide-awake–until he finally finds the perfect spot to lay his head.
From David Weinstone, the popular children’s musician and creator of the Music for Aardvarks program, comes All My Friends Are Fast Asleep, a rhythmic, cheerily illustrated bedtime story sure to smooth the way to sleep for young insomniacs everywhere.
4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
With such a light, lyrical story as this your child is sure to be on his way to dream land when this story is finished!
A boy lies in bed in his room but no matter what he does, he can’t fall asleep! He decides to go off adventuring and trying to imitate his animal friends to see if their methods of falling asleep can help him.
The illustrations in this book are cute, and done in a brilliant, non bright color scheme that won’t excite little readers’ eyes right before bed. Blues, greens, and purples set the tone.
My first thoughts were that a kid can definitely relate to this little boy. His bedroom is a mess with toys scattered everywhere, he has a pillow and stuffed animal he drags all around, and he imagines all kinds of things before he finally goes off to sleep.
I think kids will find it fun to see how different animals such as whales, frogs, and horses fall asleep. I also love that this story can be read or sung!
About the Author
DAVID WEINSTONE is a classically trained former punk rocker who lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three children. He founded Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, an interactive music class for preschoolers, in 1997. Today, the classes are taught all over the country, and there are sixteen original albums that feature Weinstone’s beloved songs. His books include Music Class Today! and All My Friends Are Fast Asleep.