Monday, November 9, 2009

REVIEW: Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping

Markes, J.  (2005).  Shhhhh!  Everybody's Sleeping.  New York:  HarperCollins Publishers.


Occupation by Occupation, Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping shares illustrations of many different adults in different occupations sleeeeeeeeeeeeeping.  Cause, everybody sleeps.  But what's particularly fun about this concept is the fact that all of the adults are illustrated sleeping in their workplaces.  I thought this reflected a young child's expectation that an adult's sole purpose in life was to do their job.

Illustrator David Parkins included good attention to detail.  Even the bedspreads the various people sleep under reflect their job:  The librarians blankets poof out like the spines of books lining a shelf, the teacher has numbers and letters all over her blanket.  Parkins also shows a good attention to detail.  My one problem with the illustrations is that there isn't a lot of multicultural representation.  Almost all of the sleeping adults are white.


This is a good bedtime book.  But like another picturebook for young readers, Even Firefighters go to the Potty, Shhhhh!  Everybody's Sleeping has the added benefit of presenting various potential careers and their work environments, which a teacher can capitalize on.

Quotes of Note:

"The teacher is sleeping.
School's done for the day."

"The librarian is sleeping.
Books put away."

"The doctor is sleeping.
Everyone feels well."

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