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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
It is hard to imagine a more beguiling or comforting book for children than Sleep Tight, Pen by Michelle Mae. Pen, the penguin referenced in the title, is all tucked in at bedtime in his favorite fishy pajamas and can’t get to sleep because he is nervous, excited, sad, and scared all at once. It seems like an insurmountable problem until Mom comes to the rescue with a unique solution – a solution that would work just as well in the real world as it does in the pages of this enchanting book. Michelle Mae writes in an easy, conversational style perfectly suited for a child to read independently or for adults and children to read to each other. The family values reflected in Sleep Tight, Pen are truly universal and heartwarming.
Michelle Mae’s delightful story Sleep Tight, Pen is wonderfully complemented by Shiela Marie Alejandro’s colorful, simple line illustrations, clearly designed to appeal to the eye without cluttering the mind. They are as accessible and nurturing as the story’s message. This is an ideal book for helping children cope with the myriad of wayward thoughts that creep into their minds at bedtime. Sleep Tight, Pen also offers real tools and skills for children to manage their restless minds at bedtime independently and for life in general. It is rare to find such a pure, quietly beautiful children’s book as Sleep Tight, Pen by Michelle Mae. It is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.