Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater
Bait by Robin Aurelian
Banana by Ed Vere
Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young
The Best Birthday Ever by Me (Lana Kitty) by Charise Mericle Harper
Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert
Chasing Demons by R.L. Geerdes
Coco the Carrot by Steven Salerno
The Crocodiles by Steven Popkes
F U, Penguin by Matthew Gasteier
Fullmetal Alchemist 10 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
How You Got to Be So Smart by David Milgrim
I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano
Magpie Magic by April Wilson
Monster Hunt by Rory Storm
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox
Once I Was a Cardboard Box, Now I'm a Book About Polar Bears by Anton Poitier
One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
Ranma 1/2 Volume 01 by Rumiko Takahashi
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
Sea Gifts by George Shannon
Shape Me a Rhyme by Jane Yolen
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
xxxHolic 04 by CLAMP

What Are You Reading? (October 31) What Are You Reading? (October 24) What Are You Reading? (October 17) What Are You Reading? (October 10) What Are You Reading? (October 03)

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed: 10/06/11

cover art

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child is a book Harriet chose for herself at a recent trip to the book store. When the parents are busy, Charlie's put in charge of getting younger sister, Lola, to bed. Charlie has to use gentle persuasion and humor to get the rambunctious Lola to listen. She would rather bounce, play with stickers, and chatter than go to bed.

As a parent and an older sibling I could completely relate to Charlie's Herculean task. The youngest child needs exta sleep and the oldest child needs time alone. Unfortunately the youngest child often wants to do what the oldest one is doing, including staying up as late. We went through this with Harriet but Sean, just as Charlie does with Lola, came up with a compromise. He goes to bed and reads until he's tired. It's enough of a motivation to get Harriet to go to bed when she needs to.

Lauren Child uses a mixture of line art and collage in her illustrations. The energy in the artwork lends itself perfectly to Lola's unbridled enthusiasm for all things (expect going to bed). Fans of Victoria Kann's artwork (Pinkalicious) will like I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed.

Five stars.

Comments (4)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Friday, October, 7, 2011 at 19:15:52


Charlie and Lola are big favourites in this house - both to read and watch! I think I love them as much as my kids do!

Comment #2: Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 17:45:31


We've only read the books. What network is the show on?

Comment #3: Sunday, October, 9, 2011 at 21:31:52

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

Sounds like this one should be followed up by the infamous Go the F--- to Sleep! :)

Comment #4: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 22:45:13


I haven't read that one but I've certainly heard of it.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis