Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

By (author) Joyce Dunbar , Illustrated by Debi Gliori , By (author) Debi Gliori

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Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep, just in case she has a bad dream. She asks her older brother Willoughby for help. Wise Willoughby knows that she just needs to think of all happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning...A beautiful text by one of our best-loved authors, illustrated in an adorable style, this book has won widespread critical acclaim. Children are clamouring to have this story every bedtime!

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 223.52 x 274.32 x 7.62mm | 158.76g
  • 02 Sep 1999
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0552545066
  • 9780552545068
  • 87,110

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Biography for Joyce Dunbar Joyce Dunbar is a widely respected author of more than fifty books for children. Her MOUSE AND MOLE series has been very popularly adapted for television and her lyrical re-telling of the Nativity story, THIS IS THE STAR, received widespread critical acclaim. She has also collaborated with artist Debi Gliori for several picture books for the Doubleday/Picture Corgi list, including TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. Biography for Debi Gliori Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997. Her backlist in Doubleday/Corgi includes TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and THE VERY SMALL. PURE DEAD MAGIC, the start of a trilogy, was her first novel. The second part, PURE DEAD WICKED was published in April 2002. Debi lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.

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"Joyce Dunbar is one of the best writers for children today, and this is a wonderful example of her sensitivity, lyrical style and gentle humour... Debi Gliori's pictures take the text and warm it through with cosy, glowing night-time scenes full of the detail children love. If ever there were a perfect bedtime book, this has to be it" Guardian "Will settle many night-time anxieties of three- to six-year-olds" The Times

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All young rabbits should have a brother like Willoughby in their upper bunks when the fear of bad dreams lurks. Willoughby counsels little Willa, who is having trouble nodding off, to "think of something happy, then you won't have a bad dream." Perhaps her chicken slippers are marking time for her morning feet, and her robe is longing for her to slip inside come morning. Then Willoughby takes her on a tour of the warren - the breakfast to come, the toys to play with the next day, a look out the window at the night waiting upon the dawn - all anxious for Willa's morning appearance. Lastly there is that bear in bed: "'What do you think he is doing?" asked Willoughby. 'Waiting for me to snuggle up with him,' said Willa.'" And sleep comes. What's so pleasing is the presence of an ordinary brother, doing the right thing. An unsentimental, satisfying book for siblings to share. (Kirkus Reviews)

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