Title: The Night Baafore the First Day of School
Author: Dawn Young
Illustrator: Pablo Pino
“When feathers go flying and stick to the glue, ‘That’s it!’ declares Bo, and he knows what to do …” Dawn Young rhymes in her children’s book, The Night Baafore the First Day of School.
~ What ~
This thirty-two-page hardbound with a duplicate glossy jacket cover targets children four to eight years old and focuses on trying to get to sleep the day before school starts. The expressive illustrations by Pablo Pino cover the pages with easy-to-read font size.
This is an engaging story about a boy named Bo who is excited about starting his first day of school in the morning and cannot get to sleep. He asks the sheep in his bedroom to jump in front of him so he can count them, but instead, they make havoc while having a grand time playing with the items Bo needs to take to school with him the next day. In the end, Bo falls asleep, only to be woken up by the bus’s horn beeping.
This is a silly book about sheep that are out of control. I like that each sheep has a numbered collar to follow as they make a mess in Bo’s bedroom and the rest of the house. The reader can get engaged by looking at the detailed pictures or reading the rhyming lines about the out-of-control animals.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are already in school may not like a book about sheep or a monster, but it is not scary or disconcerting. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two and three-syllable words. Those who have a limited attention span may not like the busyness of the illustrations or having to keep track of all the sheep, which may keep them awake at night.
~ Wish ~
While the tale is cute and charming, it seemed to be crowded in its layout and maybe a little overwhelming for young ones. It is too bad that Bo had to be the one to clean up the sheep’s messes, but perhaps he was dreaming the entire thing.
~ Want ~
If your child is apprehensive about falling asleep before that first day of school, this silly read may keep the mind off of it.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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