Pero ¿por qué no te duermes?

Editorial Molina/Random/. Jul. 2023. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9788427233638. SP.
PreS-Gr 1–A friendly green monster talks to an unidentified audience who does not want to fall asleep. This monster knows some tricks that could help. Readers may count sheep, listen to a loud lullaby, and pull up their sheets; if nothing works, readers may dance or exercise. Another solution that could work is listening to a Halloweenlike story in rhyme. This humorous book combines is an interactive story that makes counting fun. The simple first-person narrative is made up of speech bubbles and regular prose, a design that aptly reflects that conversational style. They are arranged all over the pages, signaling the chaotic ambiance surrounding a wakeful child. The large font is perfect for a story time activity, attracting attention to the bold words highlighted in the story. The digital crayon-based illustrations rely on bright composite colors to accompany the lime green monster. The art provides a jocose environment throughout that perfectly accompanies the playful plot. There are instances in the Spanish translation of awkward phrasing, but that won’t deter readers.
VERDICT A lighthearted picture book and eccentric bedtime story for those who want a laugh before dozing off.

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