The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep

Book - 2014 | First Crown Books for Young Readers edition.
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Roger the Rabbit is just like you: he likes playing in the grass, and doesn't like going to sleep in the evening! With the help of a sleepy snail, a wise owl, and a wizard, he learns the secret of sleepiness... and so can you!
Publisher: New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First Crown Books for Young Readers edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780399554131
0399554130
Branch Call Number: E FORSSEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged): color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Maununen, Irina 1980-- Illustrator

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marooneyed
Aug 15, 2017

Hint: Read the intro page to learn how to properly read this book to your child. You should slow down and almost whisper words in italics. Read the bold words louder than normal. The rest of the words in standard font should be read at a normal tone. I hope this helps! This book works wonders for my 2 year old and 4 year old when they get into a bad sleep habit and need something to help them get back on schedule. They often fall asleep by the time we are half way through the book!

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jentifer
Jul 18, 2016

This book is either a magical revolutionary text for you and your family or it doesn't work for you (or your kid).

For us it 100% worked. I'm sure some of the success is a Pavlovian effect as the book coming out last thing at night makes him sleepy now. But before we started with this book we'd hit a big wall: at 3 years old our son was suddenly too aware of his ability to do a handstand in his bed and tell us long (long) stories to fall asleep or even calm down like he used to.

Enter the book. The first few nights he didn't pay much attention but after a week it definitely made him drooowsy. Now I can just read a page or two and ask him if he's sleepy enough to fall asleep on his own and he nods and rolls over and falls asleep. Seriously.

It's weird to read and my husband hates it but I find it soothing and it does double duty of making me sleepy as well. Win-win. And the art is awful, but who cares if you kid is snoring?

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_Alicorn_
Jan 26, 2016

Firstly not related to the story but the text is very small in this book, I found it hard to read especially in low light.

Our son didn't fall asleep before the end but if I managed to read it right and focus myself and do it in a more monotone voice it seemed to help. I found it hard work though admittedly.

That aside I didn't realise the hype when I got it until afterwards, and I could see what they are doing.
It is a mix of almost subliminal with relaxing techniques in the text with a goal to engage while not stimulating and making it very sleepy.
I've always used yawning to get my son to yawn and feel the tiredness himself so it didn't look on purpose, not that it was hard to do ;) it is a good way of highlighting tiredness without me having to talk to him about it (which we know when you tell a kid they are tired they will just deny it lol).
So this book prompts you to do yawning and makes that tactic easy, and it does make a difference.

The actual story is OK, it dosn't tell them to sleep while at the same time it does, hard to explain. My first time reading it I think I fumbled a few sentences or felt I didn't understand them but our son didn't notice.
At the least it makes a comfortable environment and is engaging enough.

Although our son is 3 and a half he is only just getting into longer books especially when there are less pictures, so I was able to get through the book with him multiple times despite the length and word count, I would have liked a book like that when he was younger but it would have to be shorter.

Funnily enough it wasn't repeat requested as enthusiastically as others, but he did let me read it a couple of times and ask for it one other time himself. I think the concept is good, I have another relaxation book that I find the stories are shorter and written better, maybe the story a bit harder to read in this one due to incorporating the techniques.
Pictures not being bright are good ofcourse.
It's definantly worth trying, we have a difficult sleeper his whole life and I think it took some of the work out of it for me in one sense but it is not a magical solution, at least not for us not that I would have expected it to be but I would have tried it none the less if I'd heard the hype, that said I found it hard work to read in other ways though. It personalises the story to them (as you say their name in it so they are a part of the story as they go with the rabbit to visit Uncle Yawn.)

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noluckboston
Jan 06, 2016

Featured on the awful library books blog.

http://awfullibrarybooks.net/youre-getting-sleeeeeepy/

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charmingsonata
Dec 01, 2015

I know the purpose of this book is to make children sleepy. However, it doesn't have any sort of plot. Just the words "sleep" and "don't you want to sleep" written several times a page.

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archbish99
Nov 08, 2015

Pretty poor. Self-published, with lots of bizarre phrasing and word choices that I suspect a "real" editor would have caught and fixed.

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shannonegertson
Sep 24, 2015

This book works!!! If you read this book as instructed it works. I have a 3 year old and it takes us at least 2 hours a night to get him to go o bed. We have tried everything from Melatonin to letting run at the park to long warm baths. I read about this book online and thought I'd give it a try.
The first night asleep by the 3rd page. The second by the 3rd page etc. I never made it to the end o the book. I will own this book.

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lulushi888
Oct 10, 2016

lulushi888 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7

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