Groundwood Books


Written by Iris De Moüy • Translated by Shelley Tanaka

For readers 2 - 5 years old | Published October 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554984879
JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams

Cover of Naptime

Regular price $16.95 CAD

28 pages | 6.25 in × 11 in
Print Format

About this book


Iris De Moüy • Shelley Tanaka

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!

About the Creators

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.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Bedtime Book, 2014
  • Commended An ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Commended Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014