The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, illustrations by Irina Maununen
Published April 28th 2014 by Crown BFYR (first published November 11th 2011).
Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep. This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night. (Goodreads)
This story is written and designed in a way to ensure your little one falls fast asleep when you read it to them. I have not had a chance to read it to my class during nap time yet, but this story is part creepy and part endearing. The author, Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin is a life coach with a background in psychology. There are instructions on how to read this book. Really. They are right in the beginning. It is meant to be read in a way that bold words be emphasized, italicized words are to be read in a slow, calm voice, and actions such as yawning to be included when read.
This book contains specially constructed sentences and choices of words. Some can appear a bit unusual in the text; they are intended to be that way since they have a psychological purpose. ~ Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin
The illustrations are lovely. They are the endearing portion of the story. While I appreciate the intent and purpose of the book I believe most parents will favor other books that can accomplish the same goals. However, if this one works for you by all means go for it. It is available on audiobook as well and I have read several reviews that prefer the audiobook rather than struggling through the hyponotic text. This one isn’t for everyone but if you have a hard time with bedtime maybe this will solve your problems.