I had never seen I Love You Sleepyhead until it was brought by a family member for my daughter last christmas. The book is lovingly written by Claire Freedman and beautifully illustrated by Simon Mendez, with both of their efforts combined I suspect they managed to achieve everything that they set out to.
The book is quite large (27 x 27 cm) and has a lovely cover of a baby penguin looking up at his mummy and her looking down at him under the stars, with snowy mountains in the distance. The title 'I Love You, Sleepyhead' is slightly raised. It has 32 pages and the front and back cover are hard so not to spoil the pages inside.
I Love You Sleepyhead is about different animals around the world getting ready to snuggle down to sleep for the night whilst their mummies watch over them with a protective, loving and reassuring eye. The animals include deers, lions, ducks, foxes, polar bears, squirrel monkeys, rabbits, otters, penguins, owls, whales and panda bears. The story is lovely but the words and the pictures really make the book. Each animal is spread over 2 pages with 2 short sentences. The sentences rhyme and sound much like lullabies. I don't want to spoil the book so I'll only give away one page...
"Small panda sleeps
as the stars peek-a-boo,
Held by his mother,
all the night through.
Cuddled up close,
she gives him a kiss,
Tucked up together,
they're perfect like this"
I Love You Sleepyhead is available at Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and Borders to name just a few. It's RRP is £10.99 but after a few clicks of my mouse I have found it for under £5.00 on a number of different websites, which is total value for money.
The only problem for me is that the pages are thin and given half the chance my 2 year old would tear and screw them all up (not on purpose). For that reason the book only comes out when we are going to read it together (it's actually quite a sentimental read between mum and child if you're soppy like me!) or for a bedtime story. It makes a great bedtime story due to the theme of the book and it's just the right length, not too long but definitely not too short (at first glance I was suprised at how many pages there actually were).
I definitely recommend this book for anybody that has young children. It also makes the perfect gift.