Parents know that one of the most difficult things is to convince their small children to go to sleep in the evening, after a great day of fun and games. They are excited, enthusiastic, and they don’t feel like sleeping, especially if they have to sleep alone in their own room. Author and mother of two Denise McCabe knows this, and she has decided to offer parents a fun solution: a bedtime story that will help children relax, and give them wonderful dreams. ‘The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep’ is perfect for the age level 2-6, and it tells the little ones the story of a character to whom they can easily relate.
Joey is a young boy who doesn’t like to sleep at night. He always asks his mother to stay with him until he falls asleep, but when his mother lies down on the floor to keep him company, he starts talking about all the things he did that day. He can talk like that for hours, and one night his mother’s ears grow so big that she gets stuck in the door-way and has to get the fire brigade to help her out. That’s when she understands that she needs to do something about this and help Joey sleep alone in his room. So, Joey’s mother gives him some magic dust that takes him to Alphabet Island. There, he meets a band of pirates who never sleep. He will help them find the lost letters of the alphabet so they can find a hidden treasure, but this extraordinary adventure will make Joey very tired. Now he knows how difficult it is for his mother to listen to him every night, so Joey understands that when bedtime comes, he really has to relax and fall asleep.
‘The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep’ is an enjoyable read for both children and parents. The beautiful illustrations drawn by the talented Paula Curran will make the little ones curious about the story. They will immediately like Captain Awake Head and Captain Asleep Head, two of the main characters, and they will follow Joey’s exciting adventure to the end. More importantly, however, they will understand why they need to go to bed at the right time, and why they should sleep alone in their own room.
This adorable, yet highly educational and empowering book has amazing reviews on Amazon. One customer, Damien Keenan, said about it: ‘A nice short bedtime story. Great idea combining fun reading with learning.’