Go to Bed, Ollie by Mary-Helen Barrett

Book Blurb:

This gorgeously illustrated fairytale about a little fox is suitable and engaging for all children from birth-age 10.

Giggle and learn valuable life lessons with Ollie, a charming little fox, who initially considers dreams as boring. Gain reading, vocabulary, listening, and science skills as we walk along the meadow with the majestic Moon. This wise, celestial guide will show Ollie that dreams can be interesting, healthy, and cool. Your child and the main character will discover which dreams feature memorable characters: Bee, Frog, Fish, and Squirrel. Teachers, caregivers, counselors, yogis, and librarians will also savor this sweet tale of love, laughs, and literacy!

Additionally, this mindful text is specifically developed to calm down your child, student, or young client. The book will not only tell the story, but it will also lull readers and listeners to fall asleep faster. At the end of a story, the author intentionally leaves a space for creative thinking and imagination –children can make up their own dream about a fox. Also, this book encourages emotional regulation, thinking outside the box, and critical thinking to fantasize about different dreams.

Besides kid-friendly text, bright and sweet pictures will capture and enchant even the most restless youngsters or reluctant readers. It is perfect for all kids, but especially ones with ADHD, autism, and special needs.

Parents, teachers, counselors, and yogis can further read this book before naptimes, guided meditations, car rides, or bedtime to promote sleep. Otherwise, this book is perfect anytime to develop a child’s understanding that sleeping is great, healthy, and useful because of interesting dreams.

I give this book four stars. I received an advance copy of this book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Lexi’s Review:

I always love any fox-related children’s books, and these illustrations are especially cute, with the fox’s pointy little teeth. 

I enjoyed reading this book; the sensory imagery is especially good for a children’s book. The writing and formatting isn’t perfect, but I can forgive that in light of the illustrations and story. 

My only concern with this book is that, as someone who struggles with insomnia and nightmares, it seems unfair to promise children that if they go to bed then they will have beautiful, peaceful dreams. It seems kind of a disingenuous way to get children to go to sleep. 


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