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When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep...
Zzzzz - Il Sung Na
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Zzzzz - Il Sung Na
Advantages: Beautiful and intricate illustrations, great quality and educational content
Disadvantages: None whatsoever
I would like to initially point out that the title of this product is slightly incorrect and a little misleading. The actual title for this publication by Il Sung Na is 'Zzzzz A Book of Sleep'.
When my little boy was given his latest Bookstart Pack at our local Health Clinic he was very excited. He is now approaching three years old and has adored books for as long as he has been able to sit up and grasp one. On our return home we eagerly emptied out the contents and out came a fabulous little board book, Zzzzz: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na.
I personally adore this book for a number of reasons. It is one which I love to read to him and now my daughter too. The illustrations in particular are an absolute joy. I will explain in more detail a little later on.
A Book of Sleep is a smaller sized book, it is comparative in size to Fiona Watt's popular That's Not My... series of books and so perfect for little hands to comfortably hold on to. I have seen both of my children struggle with large books due to size and weight and this one is just perfect for them.
Being a board book of course makes it all the more suitable for small children as the pages are sturdier and difficult to damage. A paperback version however is also available.
Each page of this book has a glossy finish that I have never before seen in any of my children's vast collection. It is very shiny and almost has a varnished effect. This not only makes it rather attractive but also gives a look of very good quality. Another advantage of this kind of finish of course is that it can be easily wiped down. I know from experience that it is all too easy for a baby or toddler to damage books with food spillages and this one has so far remained in perfect condition.
Now onto my most favourite quality of this book, the illustrations, also by Il Sung Na. The front cover depicts a side shot of an owl with large glaring eyes. This owl appears throughout the book alongside many other beautifully designed characters.
The illustrations have a multi-layered effect. They are not simply solid base colours but instead have intricate doodle-like patterns beneath them. There are swirls, detailed flowers, paint splatters, sponge prints, dotted lines and objects in various colours simply within the colouring of each animal and object. There are further doodles and details within each picture, most of which are rather abstract and unexpected. It simply has to be seen with your own eyes in order to appreciate just how cleverly illustrated it is.
The story describes how when the night falls everyone goes to sleep, be it in an usual or unique way or place, apart from the owl that is. When the sun rises of course everyone wakes up, apart from the tired owl who then goes to sleep.
This storyline works on a number of levels. With the subject being about sleep it is a perfect book to read at bedtime. The words are relaxing and calming and there is just a little text on each page which means that we read it at a calm and relaxed pace.
It also has educational value. It teaches children about nocturnal animals and how they sleep differently to other animals, and indeed to us. It also gives information about how these animals sleep, for instance how the fish sleep with both eyes open and do not even blink and how the whale floats along with the water as he sleeps.
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na has an RRP of £3.99. It is available to buy at £3.59, a 10% reduction, from Amazon who also offer free delivery on this product.
I truly adore this book and more importantly so do my son and daughter. It is certainly one that I would highly recommend.
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