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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep

Nick Maland, Mara Bergman

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Oliver, For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Picture books

Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep likes staying awake more than going to sleep... This beautifully rhythmic text accompanied by wonderful illustrations from award-winning illustrator Nick Maland is the perfect bedtime story! Shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards, 2007

Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep couldn't and didn't and would not sleep. It's not that he is afraid of the dark, or monsters, or robbers or sounds from the park. But Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep likes staying awake more than going to sleep. Join Oliver on his journey to Mars and back before he finally, finally, finally goes to sleep. A superb bedtime tale, told in rhyme and great to read aloud, with stunning illustrations from award-winner Nick Maland.

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Praise for Oliver Who Would Not Sleep

  • In Oliver Who Would Not Sleep (Hodder ?10.99), "Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep COULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!" as a splendidly rhythmic text by Mara Bergman unfolds the story of a boy's imaginative play. He takes a trip to Mars before he settles down. Nick Maland's stylish illustrations add intriguing incident to the tale, using muted colour and lots of pattern. - Nicolette Jones, Times

  • A celebration of imagination and creativity. - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

  • A celebration of sleeplessness - My Child

  • A creative tour de force, this book marries Bergman's sparkling rhyming text with Nick Maland's distinctive textured illustrations. - The Glasgow Herald

  • On their previous book, Snip Snap:

  • *Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear.? - The Guardian? 10/04/2005

  • *Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun.? - Booklist?

  • *Mara Bergman and Nick Maland tell an amusing and tension-filled tale that turns tail and runs on adrenaline power until the very end. The illustrations add to the appeal of this book.? - The Lady?

  • *To accompany this lively text, Maland creates pictures that not only mirror the writing, but also offer humor and fun on each page... Reading this picture book aloud is great fun for the reader and listener.? - Parents' Choice Foundation 2005 - Snip Snap ATI

  • With its rhythmic text, this action packed bedtime story is fun to read aloud and well complemented by brightly coloured illustrations. Characters and foregrounds are large and freely drawn with black outlines and ligh shading whereas the backgrounds are incredibly detailed. - Carousel

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