Book Review: Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book

Posted September 24, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book

Sleep Book


Dr. Seuss

fantasy, picture book in Hardcover edition that was published by Turtleback Books on August 12, 1962 and has 64 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Sneetches and Other Stories, Horton Hatches the Egg & Horton Hears a Who!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, The Lorax, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Daisy-Head Mayzie, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, The King's Stilts, Scrambled Eggs Super!, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, You're Only Old Once!, My Many Colored Days, McElligot's Pool, If I Ran the Circus, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

A standalone picture book of fantasy for children that explores how contagious is the yawn.

My Take

It’s primarily an exploration of Seuss’ imagination about sleep, as he roams the world poking at his fanciful creatures and nudging at stereotypes. I suspect Seuss got an itch on the brain and decided to get rid of it by writing and drawing.

Uh-huh, now I know how Santa keeps track of who’s naughty and nice!

Ick! I would not want to be a Chippendale Mupp who needs to get up!

As for the graphics, they’re typical Seuss with all the craziness and color that implies. It won’t put you to sleep, but you will wonder why you picked it up.

“This book is to be read, in bed.”

The Story

You know how contagious a yawn may be, and so goes the neighborhood, the city, the world.

The Characters

Van Vleck is a very small bug from the County of Keck.

The Biffer-Baum Birds, the Herk-Heimer Sisters, the Hinkle-Horn Honkers, the stiltwalkers, the Collapsible Frink, the Hoop-Soup-Snoop Group, the Curious Crandalls, a Chippendale Mupp, Mr. and Mrs. J. Carmichael Knox, Snorter McPhail and his Snore-a-Snort Band, the Foona-Lagoonan Baboona, the head-growing fluff Jedds, the Offts of Dofft, and the Bumble-Tub Club are all affected.

Jo and Mo Redd-Zoff are World-Champion Sleep-Talkers.

The Castle of Krupp has quite the Rube-Goldbergian construction.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a solid white background with two yellow and very hairy creatures yawning so loudly that their fangs are showing!

The title is it, the Sleep Book of yawns.