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Written by Iris De Moüy

Translated by Shelley Tanaka

  • 28 Pages
  • 9781554984879
  • 6.25" x 11"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams


Publication Date October 01, 2014

All of the animals on the savannah are grumpy — no, they will not take a nap! But one little girl may know just what to do to make sure these creatures can get some much-needed shut-eye.

The crocodile and hippo insist that naps are for babies, the ostrich hides its head in the sand, and the hyena simply laughs at the suggestion.

But the cranky expressions on the animals’ faces give them away — these grouchy beasts are all in serious need of a nap!

Fortunately for these sleepy creatures a little girl appears who knows the secret to a good snooze: first close one eye, then close the other one. And, just like that, all of the animals are out like a light. It’s naptime on the savannah!

Selected for the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year 2014

Selected for the Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Bedtime Book 2014

Selected for the An ALA Notable Children's Book 2015

Selected for the Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year 2015


Iris De Moüy
Iris de Moüy: Iris de Moüy is a French illustrator who has exhibited her work around the world. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines such as Elle and Vogue, and she has illustrated for clients such as Hermès. She lives in Paris.

Shelley Tanaka
Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Star Review

"This cavalcade of disapproval and huffiness is uproarious . . . a flat-out delight." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"The illustrations are sublime in their restraint and fearless use of ample white space . . . A lovely, if wakeful, bedtime book." Kirkus Reviews

"The illustrations and hand-painted text give Naptime an interesting maturity in its design, one which lends itself well to making this story timeless." CM Magazine