Title: Don’t Close Your Eyes
Author: Bob Hostetler
Illustrator: Mark Chambers
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“But if you really think you must,
Then close your eyes real tight.
And dream a dream of me because
I dream of you each night,” ends Bob Hostetler’s children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story.
~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets preschool children and older. With no scary scenes, it is a quick tale of animals trying to stay awake instead of falling asleep at night.
Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this book has bunnies, deer, squirrels, gophers, pigs, horses, birds, bees, turtles, frogs, ducks, owls, and foxes. The full-page illustrations are colorful with enough detail to engage young ones.
~ Why ~
This is a cute book that parents will enjoy reading to their children as it promotes falling asleep by using reverse psychology. By repeatedly showing animals who want to stay awake at nighttime with words to keep their eyes open, the ending states for the listener to close the eyes and dream, just like the writer (or parent reading) dreams about them.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have children may have no need for this book. Some may wonder if it encourages to stay awake, but it is meant to be taken humorously through psychology. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
While I found the rhyming charming with the animals finding ways to stay alert, I wish it mentioned God and how He keeps us safe when we are asleep.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that may help a young one drift off to sleep while trying ardently to stay awake, this is a calm, cute read.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dont-close-your-eyes-bob-hostetler/1128930071