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The Napping House Board book – Sep 1 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152026320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152026325
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a house,
a napping house,
where everyone is sleeping.

"Everyone," in this case is a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse... and a wakeful flea! Uh-oh. Looks like the napping house won't be napping for long. With their very own brand of humor, Audrey Wood and Don Wood create an appealing bedtime book compatible with Margaret Wise Brown's classic Goodnight Moon. This small, square board book, with its rhythmic, repetitive text and witty pictures in shades of ever-brightening blues and greens (as the night turns to day), is sure to be a winner with preschool insomniacs. The sleepy household congregates on Granny's bed, slowly building a very relaxed pile of bodies in shifting positions. Young readers will enjoy tracking the critters as they make their way, one by one, to the bed--and then guessing what will happen when the wakeful flea joins the heap. Be sure to look for this author-illustrator team's other hilarious collaborative efforts, including Piggies and Silly Sally. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter


star "An appealing, stylish book that is perfect for story hours."--"Booklist" (starred)


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Board book
I'm not sure exactly how to recommend this book. At the very beginning it's the perfect story to read to any child you want to put to bed. Halfway through, however, it becomes a lively rollicking/jumping/bouncing kind of tale. The premise follows a grandmother, her grandchild, a dog, a cat, a mouse and a flea as they all nap (save the flea) on a wet and rainy afternoon. Slowly, one by one they crawl on top of one another to sleep. Quickly, one by one, they wake one another due to the untimely flea bite the mouse acquired.
Don Wood, the illustrator, has done wonders with the light in these scenes. The dreary drizzly afternoon pours steadily, making the reader really want to snuggle up in a warm bed too. Then also, his drawings are quite clever. Each character appears in every single spread. The flea is represented more as a circular black dot with a halo about it. Almost as if the flea was lit from inside. Kids will probably enjoy locating the mouse and the flea in each and every picture as the scenes change and the characters toss and turn in bed. In the end, I was particularly taken with the grandmother. Sleeping in her nylon-like socks, her reaction upon falling back upon her bed and breaking it is one of pure joy. Atta girl, grandma! In that second to last scene in the book, daylight streams into the room, the blue walls now a cheery and dazzling yellow. Any child uncertain of the benefits of napping (of which there may be one or two) will enjoy seeing how lively and boisterous the characters are after getting a good afternoon's rest. The last page of the book speaks volumes for the benefits of sleep. A marvelous story.
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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2003
Format: Board book
Micheline Galindo
The Napping House
by Audrey Wood
Scholastic Inc.
The Napping House is a realistic fiction/ fantasy book. It all started when poor old grandma was sleeping on a cozy bed and her grandson came and decided to sleep on her. Then along came the dog who decided to plop right on the grandson. Along walked a cat that saw that the bed looked very comfortable and decided to jump right on the dog. Then came a mouse who jumped right on the cat and started sleeping soundly. Then came the problem. The flea who decides to bite the mouse. Lets just say that after that it wasn't a napping house anymore.
The main characters in the book are the grandma, grandson, dog, cat, mouse, and flea. The characters in the book don't really have personalities but they all have something in common. They are all sleepy and are all trying to find a place to sleep. At the end of the book when the conclusion happens they all have something in common too. They are all happy.
I think this book is very good and I would recommend it to anyone especially little kids. The book is funny and none of the characters get mad at each other.The illustrations in the book are amazing and you can just see the characters come to life. The wording is flowing and is nicely done for anyone to understand. I hope after you read this review you go and read this book yourself or to someone else.
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By A Customer on July 13 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've been a bookseller, librarian, mother and read-aloud volunteer and this is my absolute favorite children's book for curling up with and reading to a young child. Cumulative, predictable (something young children enjoy) and engaging, The Napping House is terrific. The child in the story could be a boy or a girl. It opens and closes with an inviting look at the exterior of an old fashioned home (which looks like the author's home, BTW). Inside the house, everyone is alseep, but there's soooo much going on here. The characters are changing positions. The changes in perspective and the light as the book progresses make it interesting. The illustrations are amazing, detailed, beautiful, and at the same time humorous. And the Granny! You've got to love this Granny. She there just snoring, wearing her bed cap, nightgown and stockings (with reinforced toes & heels). She has all of these characters piling up on her and when the bed breaks, instead of looking mad or alarmed, she just looks like she's having a grand time. After you get this book, you'll want King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, and Piggies also by the Woods. And if your child likes things a bit scary try Heckedy Peg. Happy reading!
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I think alot of great things have been said by the reviewers that have come before me, but I want to add my two cents! My toddler son just loves this book. He particularly loves to search for the flea and the mouse on each page--even though he now knows where they are! He never tires of hearing it and I never tire of reading it. A great purchase.
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This is the Napping House, where everyone is sleeping. It's dark, raining and very subdued. First there's the cozy bed, followed by the snoring granny, the dreaming child, dozing dog, snoozing cat, slumbering mouse and finally, the wakeful flea. And then the wakeful flea bites the mouse... The team of Audrey and Don Woods has put together a wonderful, gentle bedtime story pre-schoolers will want to hear again and again. With easy to read, repetitive text and beautifully detailed, expressive illustrations, youngsters watch the ever growing pile of sleeping bodies move, change position and then slowly lighten and brighten as one by one, everyone wakes up. As the book ends, the last page shows the napping house where no one is sleeping. It's sunny and cheerful with a rainbow in the sky. This is a classic the whole family will enjoy and a must for all home libraries.
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