The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2014
Hardcover: 36 pages
Age Range: 2-6
Publisher: The Royal Penny Press(February 12, 2014)
What to expect: Bedtime book, Yawning, Cartoon illustrations, Animals
The infectious yawn, quite possibly the simplest and most brilliant concept for a bedtime book!
Andrew Zettler’s hardcover picture book, The Teeniest Tiniest Yawn, is a delightful romp that follows the journey of one little mouse’s highly contagious yawn.
While parents and children are stretching their eardrums with all of the induced yawning that comes from reading this book, Zettler’s zippy rhymes, reminiscent of the great Dr. Seuss, will capture the attention of restless bedtime warriors and stretch their wonderful minds while their wiggles slowly settle. Also quite Seussian, but with a unique Zettler edge, are the bright and colorful cartoon illustrations that pop from the thick recycled paper pages. Kids will enjoy watching for the little mouse on each page as he follows the contagious yawn that he started. The book is well formatted and the large print makes it a good choice for beginning readers.
A couple of fair warnings for parents and caregivers: 1) Be prepared to do some yawning of your own. 2) Due to warning number 1, you may just find that your post-book snuggle with your little bookworm will have you snoozing, too. 3) Be prepared to read this book over-and-over-and-over again for many, many, nights in a row—kids really like it.
This is a wonderful story for inducing pre-sleep yawns and transitioning toddlers and preschoolers from an active day into restful slumber.
Add this book to your collection: The Teeniest Tiniest Yawn
About the Author
Andrew Zettler is an American illustrator, writer and cartoonist originally born the fifth of six children in Anchorage Alaska. He now calls the outskirts of Washington DC home where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and one very stubborn beagle. He is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators, originator of the comic strip Half-Baked, author of The Teeniest Tiniest Yawn, and has illustrated children’s books including Alphabet Olympics and Albert Acorn.
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