Too Busy Sleeping

25 August 2015

By Zanni Louise & Anna Pignataro, Little Hare Books, RRP $24.95

There’s quite commonly emphasis on the negative emotions experienced by older siblings when a new baby brother or sister is brought home. But in the picture book Too Busy Sleeping, first-time author Zanni Louise wonderfully captures the strong emotion experienced by an older sibling, not of jealousy but of pure love, wonder and excitement…and just a little bit of frustration.

From the time Eleanor’s baby brother arrives home, she longs to play with him but the trouble is, he’s always too busy sleeping! Eleanor’s patience finally pays off and in my favourite part of the book, Eleanor gets to play with his tiny fingers and tiny feet at last, a heart-warming reminder of the real and positive connections between older and younger siblings.

Award winning illustrator Anna Pignataro has used a mixture of pencil, watercolour, gouache and collage with vintage and reconstructed natural fabrics and recyclable papers to bring the illustrations to life, especially Eleanor’s inquisitive and enthusiastic character.

If you’re looking for a picture book to read with a child who is soon to have a new sibiling, this is the perfect one. It’s visually warming and best of all, it brings a fresh and positive perspective to sibling relationships.

Too Busy Sleeping is available September 2015

Written by

Eva Lewis

Eva is a digital content expert who runs a successful women's lifestyle blog - The Multitasking Woman. Eva is an experienced social media manager, digital consultant, article writer and copywriter and has written for various publications and business websites over the years.  When Eva doesn't have her head in the digital space, she enjoys spending time with her husband, six year old son and one year old daughter, ploughing through her current favourite books in the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, gardening and chatting with her chooks. 

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