Children's books and book reviews - reading resource for kids, teachers, librarians, parents





*Marc Just Couldn't Sleep* by Gabriela Keselman, illustrated by Noemi Villamuza
Marc Just Couldn't Sleep
by Gabriela Keselman, illustrated by Noemi Villamuza
Ages 4-8 28 pages Kane/Miller September 2007 Paperback    

Marc is tired, but he just canít sleep. Like most little ones, he does all he can to delay the inevitable, and his overly inventive mother does all she can and more to get her boy down for the night.

To calm her sonís fear of giant mosquitoes, she comes up with ďmosquito-proof pajamas complete with a helmet and a buzz repellent teddy bear.Ē However, Marcís fears prove to be bigger than a few oversized bugs, and mother runs ragged trying to keep up.

In Marc Just Couldnít Sleep, author Gabriela Keselman shows the special relationship between mother and son. However, Momís outrageous anecdotes soon stop making sense, and the humor is easily lost. Although picture books are often quirky and fun, they should still ring true for believability. So when Marcís mother plops a live duck on him to keep him from catching cold, the significance seems to have veered off course.

The bold illustrations of dark-skinned, curly-haired Marc by Noemi Villamuza are absolutely adorable. The only thing missing from her beautifully crafted artwork is a goofy smile on Marcís face to match her silly depictions. What child in his right mind could keep a serious face while sitting in bed with a colander on his head, big round glasses and a parachute strapped to his back?

All in all, the ending fills an emotional gap and will appeal to every mom who has gone that extra mile to get her drowsy child to sleep. Nighty-night!
 


click here to browse children's board book reviews
click here to browse children's picture book reviews
click here to browse young readers book reviews
click here to browse young readers book reviews
click here to browse young adult book reviews
click here to browse parenting book reviews
 
web reviews
  Niki Schoenfeldt/2009 for curled up with a good kid's book  






For grown-up fiction, nonfiction and speculative fiction book reviews,
visit our sister site Curled Up With a Good Book (www.curledup.com)