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The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep    by Carl-Johan ForssÚn Ehrlin & Irina Maununen order for
Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
by Carl-Johan ForssÚn Ehrlin
Order:  USA  Can
Crown, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Behavioral scientist Carl-Johan ForssÚn Ehrlin has written a picture book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, whose hypnotic text reportedly helps many children fall into slumber land, to the joy of their sleep-deprived parents.

It's long, there's lots of reading involved, and the author provides guidelines (including words to empasize and where to insert yawns) at the beginning to help the reader make the story more effective in lulling a child to sleep.

Unlike his siblings, Roger Rabbit has trouble sleeping. So Mommy Rabbit takes him (and the child being read to) to the wizard, Uncle Yawn, meeting Sleepy Snail and Heavy-Eyed Owl en route. Uncle Yawn casts such an effective spell that Roger and the reader struggle to get back to bed before closing their eyes for the night.

There are no guarantees that The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep will work with every child but if you're as sleep deprived as I was when my kids were young, I expect that you'll want to give it a try.

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