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Fantastically clever and inventive, this incredibly precious story personifies all the reasons your little one refuses to sleep at night!   

Recommended ages: for 0 - 7yrs old

Author: Stacy Burch

Illustrator: Ana Laura Alvarenga

Format: Hardcover

What is this picture book about? 

Have you ever wondered if there's a thing called "Awake" hiding in your child's bedroom at night, stealing sleep from them? Now, finally there's a book that provides the answer ... and so much more.

Meet Little Mouse. Little Mouse sits at the edge of her burrow. She knows she should be going to sleep but she can't ... not yet. She can't find Sleep.

Against the advice of her parents, she ventures out into the forest and finds Awake instead. Her journey takes her on some interesting twists and turns, until, as the ultimate bedtime story, this stunning watercolour book personifies what parents and children alike feel at bedtime, and helps ignites kids' imaginations along the way.

An excerpt from the story

Little Mouse sat at the edge of her burrow.

Covered by the last of fallen leaves, she poked her nose into the night. It was dark and cold, and Little Mouse knew she should be in bed.

But Little Mouse could not go to bed, not yet.
Little Mouse could not find Sleep.

“Does Sleep live out there?” Little Mouse called into the burrow behind.

“Sleep will come soon, Little Mouse. It visits whenever it is needed,” Mama Mouse answered.

“Wait for Sleep in here, Little Mouse. It is not safe outside alone,” Papa Mouse said.

But Little Mouse did not listen because Little Mouse was not alone.

Awake sat beside Little Mouse.
A very wide Awake.
Big and shiny, Awake nudged Little Mouse to venture out in search of Sleep.

Little Mouse darted from leaf to log, peering under all for missing Sleep, but Sleep was nowhere to be seen.

After several minutes, she stopped on a rock to catch her breath. “Where could Sleep be?” She turned to Awake...


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