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I'm Not Sleepy!: Just Being Me #2    by Robie H. Harris & Nicole Hollander order for
I'm Not Sleepy!
by Robie H. Harris
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This new Just Being Me series combines stories taken from typical daily experiences of a small child and his or her parents with a brief 'What's Going On?' analysis by child psychiatrist Dr. Linda Mayes. I'm SO Mad! was all about shopping with a little one, while I'm Not Sleepy! tackles bedtime, this time with a dad in charge, reading the night-time story.

This little boy is not a bit sleepy, but his Daddy sure is. So the son tucks his father in, kisses him goodnight, and plays with his animals. Eventually he's tired ... but now Dad is snoring in his bed! When Mom shows up, she and the child tickle Daddy to wake him up. By the time that little boy gets to bed, they're all sleepy, including Kitty, who catnapped through it all.

At the back of the book, Dr. Mayes explains what's going on in the child's mind, about night-time fears, and the comfort that bedtime rituals bring to little ones. She also discusses how 'Children often play about the things they are trying hardest to master - such as going to sleep or saying goodbye'.

I'm Not Sleepy! is another delightful addition to a valuable series that helps both adults and children understand how to cope with the small crises of daily life together.

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