Snoozefest – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Snoozefestsnoozefest

Written by: Samantha Berger

Illustrated by: Kristinya Litten

Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015

Themes/Topics: Sloths, sleep, festivals

Suitable for ages: 3-7

Opening:

In the center of Snoozeville, dwells the wee one,                                                                  the sleepiest sloth, Snuggleford Cuddlebun.

Synopsis:

The wee sloth Snuggleford Cuddlebun is a champion sleeper and there’s nothing she likes better than attending the biggest, best sleepers’ festival, Snoozefest at the Nuzzledome. You get to choose your sleeping location of preference (Snuggleford tops for a hammock), stock up on hot milk takeout, attend the pajama parade and then settle back for the most soporific bands the conference could gather including Chamomile Rage, Tranquility Trio and the Quiet Quartet! Grab yourself a copy to see how Miss Cuddlebun enjoyed the event.

Why I like This Book:

Oh my gosh, this book is dreamy. I yawned my way throughout he text inn the best possible way. The rhyme is sleek but not in the leafs predictable and the puns are glorious. This may well inspire a spate of pajama parties and it would be an awesome read for those days when you just want something to quiet down those kindergartners! The snoozefest concept is one I would have love dot have dreamed up though I am sure I could never have executed it as creatively and humorously as Sam Berger. I would buy this book for schools and as gifts in a heartbeat! Utterly swoon worthy!

It should be noted that there is NO conflict in this story, but it is the exception that proves the rule for picture books. I would have no problem re-reading this several times to a group of kids as long as they keep topping up my hot chocolate.

Snoozefest - illustrations by Kristyna Litten

Snoozefest – illustrations by Kristyna Litten

The art work is warm and cozy and all the critters are ones kids would like to snuggle up to on there beds. I Particularly like the darker scenes at the Dome, which create a night time aura that is golden and welcoming. There is a retro look to the illustrations that give an evergreen feel to the book.

Activities/Resources:

  • Art activity design and make sleep masks.
  • Write a some sleepover stories.
  • What would you serve to eat and drink at a Snoozefest?

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5 Responses to Snoozefest – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. I enjoy Samantha Berger’s books. This one is so unique and really appealing. It’s interesting that the book has doesn’t haven’t any conflict, but there is so much going on in the story. The illustrations are really wonderful!

  2. This looks lovely. I was able to put it on hold at the library.

  3. Absolutely loved this book. So much goodness packed in.

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I’m feeling all snuggly, now. I want this one to put ME to sleep. I love the illustrations and the text sounds dreamy, as you say! Love it!

  5. A book about sleeping that’s not a complete snoozer? Now that’s an accomplishment. Definitely putting on my To Read list!

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