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