I am delighted to share both Go To Sleep! and Sarah’s Shadow with you. Massive thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources , Full Media , Marion Adams and Nick Jones for allowing me to be part of such a fabulous tour.
Go To Sleep!
Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!
Go To Sleep! is the tale of Tansy the Sheep who has forgotten how to fall asleep! Finding herself wide awake as the rest of her flock are snoring Tansy seeks advice first from her Mum then her sister Teasel, but they are too tired leaving only the Barn Owl swooping overhead to help. Owl suggests using the age-old trick of counting sheep, however when Tansy counts she realises to her horror that one of the flock are missing and declares an emergency. With the help of sheepdog Jack, the flock are quickly rounded up for a recount, but where is the missing sheep?
This is a wonderful story which is the first I have come across that highlights the struggle to fall asleep and many parents will know how relatable this is! I love that Tansy’s Mum suggests she thinks of things she like to help her fall asleep as that is something I have say often, although I’m not sure how effective it is! The story is full of humour which is complimented perfectly by Sarah-Leigh Wills’ colourful illustrations that perfectly capture Tansy’s expressions throughout. A fabulous twist awaits you at the end rounding the story off nicely, ready to tuck your little one in for the night.
Leo really enjoyed this book and laughed along with silly Tansy! He loves anything to do with numbers and counting so this book ticked both boxes – he loved the very last page where you need to count the flock to make sure there are twenty! It’s the perfect addition to our bedtime book shelf -highly recommended!
About The Author
Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.
If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?
Sarah’s Shadow begins with Sarah Simpkin’s playing with happily friend’s in the school playground when out of the blue Yasmin teases her about her shadow. For the rest of the day she is upset until later, back at home whilst gazing out of the window she spots a shooting star. She uses the opportunity to wish away her shadow and her wish is granted. Initially relieved Sarah soon realises you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Heading off on a school camping trip she is anxious about the other children noticing her shadow is missing. All is going well until one evening the others decide to make shadow puppets on the said of the tent, but what will Sarah do?
Not only is this a fabulous story, but it has a powerful underlying message which highlights real struggles children face. It opens up a fantastic opportunity for discussion about teasing and bullying in the playground and hurting others feeling even if unintentional, it would be a great book for teachers to share in school. It’s message also helps kids to understand it’s alright to be who you are and to have confidence in yourself and how you look regardless of what others may think or say.
The illustrations by Si Clark are drawn to perfection really conveying the emotions Sarah feels. Bright, colourful and engaging they complement the story perfectly!
Leo is only four, but really understood what was happening in the story and felt sad along with Sarah when she was teased. He is at the perfect age to have the discussion about being kind and treating everyone as you would wish to be treated and this book gave us the opportunity to have that discussion. I’m sure this book will be able to teach him more as he gets older about confidence and acceptance of who you are. For me it is an amazing message and one we should be sending and encouraging as the pressure on children to conform and be a certain way seems to constantly be on the increase. Leo and I both loved this book and give it two thumbs up!
About The Author
Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favourite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.