I am so happy to be involved in the blog tour for not one, but two fantastic children’s books this week. I can’t wait to tell you all about them. I have to say that we have loved Go To Sleep and Sarah’s Shadow and both have featured as bedtime stories fairly often these past few weeks.
And you can see the full blog tour for these two amazing books here.
I will start with Go To Sleep!
Title: Go To Sleep!
Author: Marion Adams
Illustrator: Sarah-Leigh Wills
About the Author: Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.
Synopsis: Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!
Age Range: 3-7 years
Published: 27th April 2017
Rating: 5 stars!
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Review: I have to say that Go To Sleep! was a real hit with my daughter. She loves the cute illustrations and was so engaged with the story from the first page. The story follows Tansy the sheep who has forgotten how to fall asleep. And we follow Tansy in her attempts to get to sleep.
I love the way the story unfolds, my daughter was so engrossed, wanting to find out how Tansy was going to get to sleep. And them, how Tansy was going to solve the problem she had discovered. We both loved the ending, in fact my daughter was in fits of giggles with the ending.
Go To Sleep! is the perfect bedtime story, at 32 pages it’s a great length for bedtime. The theme of going to sleep is also a good topic for bedtime. The illustrations are simply gorgeous and as the story is set during the night, the darker colour scheme is really lovely and calming.
My daughter loves Tansy, she loves counting the sheep in the story and I am so glad that we have a another fantastic book to add to our collection!
If you like the sound of Go To Sleep! you can get hold of the paperback book on Amazon*.
You can find the author Marion Adams on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
And now on to Sarah’s Shadow.
Title: Sarah’s Shadow
Author: Nick Jones
Illustrator: Si Clark
About the Author: Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.
Synopsis: If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?
Age Range: 5-7 years
Published: 6th December 2017
Review: I really, really love the message behind Sarah’s Shadow. It’s a wonderful story about learning to love yourself, shadow and all. I love that the message is subtly woven throughout the book and that Sarah comes to her own realisation about things. It’s a wonderfully empowering book.
My daughter is a little under the age range for this one, but she did grasp the main points of the story really well. And we had a lovely discussion about the teasing and about the ending of the book. I would say that, whilst this one has made a lovely bedtime story, it is also a really good book to get children thinking and talking about kindness and the impact that words can have on others.
I really love the way that the message about self acceptance is woven in to the story, and that it is Sarah who realises this for herself. I think that it’s a great book to encourage children to share what’s worrying them. Not only does Sarah feel self-conscious when she is teased about her shadow at the beginning of the book but also whilst she is away at the summer camp, and it is clear in the story that this really impacts on her enjoyment of things. Feeling self-conscious can be a tricky thing to discuss with younger children, Sarah is a great way of starting the conversation is a great way to ease in to it, and she is a specific example you can discuss as well.
The illustrations for Sarah’s Shadow are wonderful and it truly is a wonderful book to read again and again. And one with an extremely important message behind. I can see Sarah’s Shadow being a really useful book to have for when my daughter is a little bit older and in that 5-7 age bracket. We love Sarah’s Shadow and I would definitely recommend it.
If you like the sound of Sarah’s Shadow it is available on Amazon*.
You can find the author Nik Jones on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We were sent a copy of Go To Sleep! and Sarah’s Shadow for the purpose of these reviews. All opinions and words are my own, apart from the author bios and book synopsis, which were provided by Rachel’s Random Resources. All images used with permission from Rachel’s Random Resources.