Mister Sleepy

Sleeping the Day Away

Children - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/30/2020
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Mister Sleepy wasn't lazy, he just loved to sleep. He loved naps in the winter, fall, summer, and spring, no matter the weather. Sleeping had always been his favorite thing to do. He still liked other things besides sleeping such as school, space, and when he grew up he did things that adults do. And yet, sleep was always on his mind. During the vacation, he overslept on the train and missed his stop. His goal was to see the world's biggest bed, but instead, he found himself in a place he didn’t know, and yet he still found a place to sleep. After finding a good bench at the train station, he slept all day and night, missing his meals. After more sleep, he decided that he was well-rested and headed back home. Once again though, he missed his train. His wife picked him up and reminded him of his new job...

I thought Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away was a very adorable book that is a perfect night time read to get the kids ready for bed. I thought the main character was hilarious and yet I couldn’t help but agree with his views on sleep! Author Jane Alice has done a wonderful job of creating a unique story that children will definitely enjoy. The illustrations are gorgeous and colorful which keeps young readers' attention. They also complement the story nicely. Overall, I thought this was a fun read that children will enjoy. It’s definitely a book I would recommend.

Jack Magnus

Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away is a children’s concept picture book written by Jane Alice and illustrated by Andy Yura. According to Mister Sleepy, there was no time or season that wasn’t perfect for taking a good, long snooze. Ever since he was a baby, Mister Sleepy loved to sleep. Unlike most babies, when he was an infant, he slept just about all the time. And that love of snoozing stayed with him as he grew up and went to school. Mister Sleepy did have other interests, of course; he enjoyed school, particularly science, but the classrooms where he sat presented such an irresistible opportunity for yet another nap. When he was grown up, he still dreamed of sleeping while he was awake, even when he was with his girlfriend and, later on, his wife. Vacations? Why they were perfect opportunities to take a good snooze, and that’s exactly what he did during them. Then, Mister Sleepy got a new job. His wife warned him that he should be ready and able to perform as his new boss needed. She spoke loudly to make sure he stayed awake. The next day, he was ready for it. But what could a man who loved to sleep so much actually do for a job?

Jane Alice’s Mister Sleepy is bound to make kids, who hate the idea of taking a nap in the afternoon, shake their heads and giggle a bit. Most kids are powerhouses filled with energy until they’re entirely spent and drop where they are standing. For them, Mister Sleepy’s life is bound to be entirely incomprehensible and endlessly entertaining. As children in the past could enjoy the antics of the terribly nearsighted Mr. Magoo who ended up in the most hilarious predicaments because of his vision problems, kids can laugh at and with Mister Sleepy, whose life is inextricably entwined with his need for sleep. Andy Yura’s bright and colorful illustrations bring the tired and sleep-craving Mister Sleepy to life brilliantly. I loved seeing the suggestions the author and illustrator have for their hero’s new job and seeing him struggle through his vacation on a train is a laugh a minute. Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away is highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

Filled with many funny moments, Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away by Jane Alice follows Mister Sleepy as he travels for his vacation. Even as a baby, Mister Sleepy had loved sleeping, which always made him happy. He took naps on buses, on hot afternoons, on trains, and anywhere he could squeeze in a nap. For his vacation, Mister Sleepy chose to travel by train. He reasoned the rocking motion of the train would put him right to sleep, and he was right. Soon after settling down in his seat, Mister Sleepy fell asleep. Upon waking up, he was upset to realize he had missed his station. Despite the mishap, Mister Sleepy tried to make the best out of his situation. When he got back home, Mister Sleepy had to prepare for his job, an exciting opportunity that suited him perfectly.

Mister Sleepy by Jane Alice is told through lively illustrations that capture Mister Sleepy’s expressions and amusing incidences. The story is light-hearted and, as the main character, Mister Sleepy is quirky and entertaining. I also liked that story provides many engaging opportunities that young readers will love. Questions are posed, for instance, and I had to guess the answers. The final answers are unexpected and humorous. The story explores different ideas that make it exciting. It starts with a description of the main character and then narrates his vacation experiences. It concludes with Mister Sleepy’s preparation for a new, thrilling adventure. Jane Alice’s children’s book, Mister Sleepy, will make a delightful bedtime story. It contains funny scenes and an easy-going, unforgettable main character.

Sarah Stuart

Mr. Sleepy wears a sleeping cap, he has a happy smile, and he is surrounded by interesting things like clocks and a pink teddy bear, and that is just the start. Mr. Sleepy takes naps in winter, summer, spring, and fall. Yes, Mr. Sleepy loves sleeping. But when he is awake – just sometimes – he was fascinated by school. He fell in love, but he left Mrs. Sleepy – he didn’t mean to be away long, rocking on the rails made him sleepy, and he missed his stop! Mrs. Sleepy was cross, and she wanted him to stay awake for an incredibly special reason. You must read Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away by Jane Alice to find out what it was because I didn’t guess.

Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away by Jane Alice is a picture book with a difference. It is a long, long, story with lots of words on each page, so two and three-year-olds may find they get very sleepy too. It could take a week to find out the end. It will take Mr. Sleepy even longer to get where he is going! Beautifully illustrated, Mr. Sleepy will fascinate young children, and probably their elder siblings, and if it does, parents cannot lose out. The text is perfect for young readers; very few words are difficult, and those that are, like through and thought, are repeated, so they can be learned. Jane Alice has created a ten-star story in Mister Sleepy: Sleeping the Day Away. I loved it so much I read it three times!