I loved Audrey Wood’s picture books when I was a child. Everything from Heckedy Peg to I’m As Quick As a Cricket.
I came across another book of hers today at the library, The Napping House.
There is a house,
a napping house,
where everyone is sleeping.
Everyone, including a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse, and a wakeful flea.
This book is like a little lullaby. It is reminiscent of Simms Tabak’s This is the House That Jack Built and Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodbye Moon. There is a very even flow to the poetry, a rhythmic, repetitive text. The illustrations are beautiful and do a fantastic job of setting the mood and flowing from night to day.