Book Review: Crescent Dragonwagon’s All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep

Posted November 26, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

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Book Review: Crescent Dragonwagon’s All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep

All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep


Crescent Dragonwagon

picture book in Hardcover edition that was published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 2, 2012 and has 40 pages.

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Illustrator: David McPhail

A bedtime picture book story that is introduced by antonyms and slides into rhythm.

My Take

McPhail’s watercolor illustrations are warmly detailed and fill each page, as Mom lulls her son to sleep with unique tales of different animals — many of them mother and child — in this lyrical animal ABC book.

It’s sweet as Dragonwagon includes a brief mention of each animal’s habitat and appearance in a soothing sleepytime rhythm of alliteration, a useful literary device parents can play with as they read with their children.

I don’t know how sleepy your kids will be at the end of the story, but zebra and lion sure crashed, lol.

I did empathize with Otter wrapped in his “O”, *grin*

Hmmm, here’s a test: find an animal that begins with “x”.

The Story

My little one, lay down your head. It’s time to doze, it’s time for bed.

You tell me, “I’m not sleepy now.”

“Just try,” I say.

The Characters

A mother settling her son for sleep.

The Cover and Title

The cover is so cuddly in its soft blues, browns, and oranges with the child asleep in his bed, his blond head lying on his flannel-covered pillow and a night sky with its fuzzy stars in the background, plants sprouting up behind the headboard. There’s a parrot, an elephant, a lioness and her cub, a panda, a goose, a zebra, and a monkey crashed out with him too. The title archs across the top with the initial cap letters in orange and the lowercase in yellow and the last half of the title in white script. The author’s and illustrator’s names are teeny tiny at the bottom in a golden yellow.

Dragonwagon does describe animals who slumber in the day, so Mom is truthful about how All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep.