Once Upon a Zzzz

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When the author (Ima Snoozen) falls asleep, the illustrator takes over to write the story – differently from the “classical” storylines! It is about a penguin princess who has a llama princess as an older sister. The older sister has bigger everything, which makes the younger sister feel like she is treated unfairly. Upon a shooting star, she wishes her older sister to the moon. The wish comes true. At first penguin celebrates and gets her sister’s larger everything. However, as she sleeps in the large dark bedroom, she gets scared and wishes the older sister were back. The rest of the story outlines the adventures to get llama back.

The story-within-a-story format is what makes this book appealing. The story starts right from the cover (where the “author’s” name is crossed out and an annotation added to illustrator). The story even continues on the back cover with conversations between the author and illustrator. In the overall story (of the illustrator and author), the illustrator gets into trouble and seeks the author’s help. In the story about the princesses, penguin goes through some effort to get llama back. Depending on the children, there are several levels to how this story can be used, which is perhaps the book’s main strength. Recommended for pre-school children.

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Author Maddie Frost • Maddie Frost, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date 2018-Mar-01
ISBN 9780807560648
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Issue April 2018
Category Children's


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