The World Champion of Staying Awake by Sean Taylor

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When Stella’s toy animals refuse to go to sleep, she comes up with a clever plan using her keen imagination.

It’s time for Stella to go to bed. But how can she sleep when Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt the puppet mouse, and Beanbag Frog are wide awake? "I’m the world champion of staying awake!" shouts Cherry Pig, bouncing on the bed. Luckily Stella is good at thinking up ways to get her toys to sleep - by taking them on a sailing Pillow Ship, a shoebox Midnight Train, and a toy-basket Starship Balloon. With luminous illustrations and an utterly charming text ("I’ve shut my eyes, but my feet are completely woken-up . . . "), this ode to a child’s imagination and boundless spirit is certain to be a winning choice at bedtime.
 

About Sean Taylor

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Sean Taylor is an author, storyteller, and teacher who has written more than twenty books for young children. He divides his time between the U.K. and Brazil. Jimmy Liao is a best-selling, award-winning Taiwanese author-illustrator whose first book with Candlewick Press was The Monster Who Ate Darkness by Joyce Dunbar.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt (a plush mouse) and Beanbag Frog all declare they're wide awake.

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This isn't the first book to subvert conventions by giving a child the responsibility of ushering others to bed, but it's easily one of the more lovingly executed and designed.

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City Book Review

The pillow ship sails across the waves.” The rocking motion gently puts Cherry Pig to sleep.

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The World Champion of Staying Awake is as fine a children’s book as there is on the market today, in many ways.

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