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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Tilly is a wise owl. She lives at the top of the clock tower in the middle of a tiny community. Every night she polishes the clock at the top of the tower and every morning she rings the bell inside the tower. The bell wakes up the sun, which shines over the town, and the birds which sing a happy chorus. That’s when the villagers rise to start their day. In Emily Pray’s story, Tilly and the Sleepyhead Sun, Tilly decides to take a day off and sleep in but her choice has a domino effect. The sun sleeps in, too, and the birds don’t sing and the villagers don’t get up and go about their daily chores. When Tilly finally wakes up in the middle of the afternoon, all is dark and quiet in her world. Something is terribly wrong and she doesn’t know what to do.
Emily Pray’s picture book, Tilly and the Sleepyhead Sun, is a clever, humorous tale that will enrapture young readers as they learn the importance of routines and getting up each morning with a positive attitude, ready to start another day. The plot follows Tilly as she goes about her daily routines until one day she sleeps in. When she does wake up and things are not as they should be, Tilly has to use all of her imagination and problem-solving skills to make things right again. Told in simple language and with bright, bold, and colorful illustrations by Emma Slawson, this story will delight young readers. A fun read.