The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood
Illustrations by Don Wood
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 1, 2015
In the wide-awake bed in the full-moon house, everyone is restless! The moonlight is pouring in and no one can get to sleep: not Granny, her grandchild, the dog, the cat, or even a mouse. It's not until a tiny musical visitor offers up a soothing song does the menagerie settle down, and finally everyone is off to dreamland.
The napping house was one of my number one go-to stories for storytime, back in the days when I did storytime at Borders. Partially because kids responded so well to the illustrations, but also because there was a song. I tried singing the song with this book, but for some reason the cadence didn't work out the same.
I love the idea of this book, that although there are sleepy days in which everyone is asleep, there are also days where everyone seems restless. Sleep seems a million miles away. The story doesn't quite hold the same amount of magic as the first one did, but I love the return to the Napping House and also like that this book could work very well as a bedtime story unlike the first.