The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep #MONKEYBOOKREVIEW

For those that have bought The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep and loved it,  look away now.  After speaking to others who have read this book I am beginning to wonder if it is like marmite….

I am not a fan of marmite and I was not a fan of this book.

Premise – The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep

The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep book cover

When I bought this book , I was dealing with one of the boys refusing point blank to stay in bed at night.

It would be a 2 hour struggle before he went to sleep.  Coming down the stairs every two seconds with an ever expanding list of issues; hungry, missing a sock, wondering what happened to the toy he was playing with 3 weeks ago…..

Mummy would then need to solve the problem and return child to the bed.  I would then begin the countdown until his little cheeky face peeked around the door once more.

Great for my fitbit, not so much for my patience.

One day I was browsing Amazon and I started reading about this book.  Apparently it should send children into a wondrous slumber.

Upon further investigation I read this:


Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep?
In The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep.

This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night.

“Have you ever struggled to help your child get to sleep and wished that you had a magical spell? Carl-Johan’s enchanting book will soon have your young ones dreaming.”
– Matt Hudson, Bestselling author and psychotherapist

Magic spell you say?  Enchanting book you promise?  Sleep well at night?


I quickly bought it and I anticipated that all our problems would soon be over.

Twin Thoughts

Bob D: “I don’t know this book mummy, have we read it?”  ***the answer to this question is yes, quite a few times.  This shows you how memorable it is***

Bob L:  “Eh, I quite like rabbits…” – when prompted if there was anything else he liked about the book, L said: “no”.

My Thoughts

By now, I am sure you have got the idea that we are not a fan of this book and I am sure you are wondering why.

My boys are three.  They love books with bright pictures and where we can chat about what we see.

We sometimes spend more time doing that than reading the actual story.

This book is deliberately plain, with unexciting pictures and I understand this is to stop children getting over-excited at bedtime.

I get it. I really do.

However, it was so plain the boys were completely uninterested in it to begin with.  Trying to get them to sit down and listen was a challenge.  Which is falling at the first hurdle really, isn’t it?

They would just run about the room or talk among themselves.

I thought it was too bland.  So much so it was – dare I say it – boring…

Not only that but the plot was not fast moving, and dragged on a little too much.  The boys lost interest by the end of the first page.

However, it is not all gloom and doom, I did like the positive message regarding love and security.  And I do like the idea of a calm and relaxing book at bedtime.



Overall, I think this book will be remaining forever more on the book shelf.  Gathering dust.  However I did give it a couple of points for the positive message and general concept in a bid to keep this review a little bit more balanced.


Have you read this book?  

What did you think of it?  

What are your favourite, relaxing, bedtime books?



  1. 27th August 2016 / 1:59 am

    I bet my kids would hate this book, too!! It sounds terrible! My kid’s like Hush Little Polar Bear, before bed although it’s not very long. The Quiet Book is cute, too, although, it doesn’t make much difference in their volume. No matter how many times we read it, they still don’t get “Sleeping Sister Quiet” or “First One Awake” quiet…… 😉

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Oh I will need to look out for this one, looking for new bedtime stories to get for the boys birthday – I have read all the ones we have around 100 times (slight exaggeration maybe but it feels like that!)

  2. 16th August 2016 / 6:07 am

    I’ve seen a few reviews like this now which makes me think it is marmite! I’ve not tried it but I’d like to, I’m interested to give it a go on my boys. My friend had another book along the same lines about a little bear who didn’t know how to fall asleep but it was beautiful. Gorgeously illustrated and you could do the actions about snuggling down and stretching out. It was lovely!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      16th August 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Oh I will need to google that, sounds like a nice book for the boys birthday xx

  3. 8th August 2016 / 5:20 am

    We bought this book about 3 week back. The Missus read it to Nip#1 for the first time and it worked, no messing. Nip#1 do not go to sleep quickly – ever! But it was a short lived exercise. Went to read it a second time & again I tried last night (after reading you post) and the response from our eldest daughter (4 btw) was ‘Noooooooo, I hate that book’ !!! Book Nil – Nip#1 One. #fartglitter

  4. 5th August 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Oh, what a let down! I can understand the theory behind it being plain and kind of slow, but as you say, it would be a battle to get children interested enough to engage with it in any way
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • Double the Monkey Business
      7th August 2016 / 8:08 pm

      It was such a letdown for us, that said I know that it has worked for some. Maybe not enough cars in it for my two 🙂 x

  5. 5th August 2016 / 8:43 pm

    We haven’t experienced this book so I will know to steer clear now thank you. #MarvMondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      7th August 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Probably for the best ha ha! Sorry if I put you off. xx

  6. 4th August 2016 / 7:00 am

    I’ve heard so much about this book and how it works better for some children and not for others. I have bought it but thankfully A’s bedtime seemed to right itself so we’ve never used it, but I’m not actually sure how well it would work, very sceptical, but I suppose we have to try it first! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Double the Monkey Business
      7th August 2016 / 8:15 pm

      I know it has been a life-saver for some. Thanks for reading Kaye 🙂 x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      7th August 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Ha ha, yep. That was the plan but I just bored myself 🙂

  7. 2nd August 2016 / 12:48 pm

    We found the book quite helpful, although I didn’t particularly like reading it. My lb didn’t seem overly bothered by it until I stopped reading it and he then used to ask for it, it seemed to help him to settle down. Definitely not the snail on the whale :0)

    • Double the Monkey Business
      7th August 2016 / 8:23 pm

      I LOVE snail on the whale, one of my favs xxx

  8. 1st August 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Refreshing to read a review that isn’t glowing but sad your boys didn’t enjoy it. I can empathise though – sometimes I try picture-less books with NG and they rarely work. #fartglitter

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks, it was a shame it didn’t work for us. I had high hopes! x

  9. 1st August 2016 / 7:58 am

    Shame the kids didn’t like it……not sure mine would either

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:53 pm

      It was a bit bland, shame as I believed the hype. x

  10. 31st July 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I have never heard of it but sad to think it didnt get much love x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:54 pm

      I know so many people that love it, I guess it just isn’t for everyone. Not enough vehicles for my two I dont think! x

  11. 30th July 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I know I already commented but I wanted to say thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove. Also I was telling my sleep deprived friend about it yesterday and she is going to borrow my work. I warned her it’s likely to send her to sleep and not her son!!! X

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:54 pm

      That is the bonus I suppose, I was very sleepy afterwards ha ha! Hope it works for her x

  12. 30th July 2016 / 10:39 am

    I have never read this book before, I have heard reviews from people who seem to love it though so it is refreshing to read a different review. x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks, I know so many people that have loved it, just not for us I guess x

  13. 30th July 2016 / 5:59 am

    I bought this a few weeks ago but my son is too young for it, he still takes books off me and plays with them rather than listen, he’s 17 months. However I leant it my manager for her 4 year old and she said she couldn’t believe how well it worked as they have been struggling for months with sleep x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Oh I am glad it worked for her, I wish it had for us as well x

  14. 29th July 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Never read the book before but i am pretty sure my son wouldnt fall asleep after reading any book. I had trouble putting my son to sleep at night so i cut down his nap time completely. By 8pm hes literally yawning his way to the bed! I dont get any quiet time in the day but the quiet at night is bliss.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:57 pm

      We ended up cutting out the nap and bedtime has been a lot easier ever since. I miss the nap though ! x

  15. 29th July 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Such an interesting book. Luckily little man doesn’t have any problems falling asleep, but I will keep in mind for our next child!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Hope it works better for you guys x

  16. 29th July 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Haha, I can tell from your review that this wouldn’t be for us either! It’s enough of a struggle getting my son to sit still for any story – and it’s pretty much essential that they include tractors and bright colours, this one would not pass the test! I think anything that promises good sleep is a guaranteed best seller – sleep deprived parents will buy anything!! Hope you find something else that works some magic soon! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Oh yes I think that is the problem, not bright enough and no tractors! x

  17. 29th July 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Hmmm I have to say I’m rather dubious that any sleep problems are solved with a book but having had some utter sleep nightmares I’m always open to trying everything. My daughter is also three and totally get the notion that this would be too bland for them. Hope your littles settle soon – their brains are going so bananas at this age! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:58 pm

      I would have tried anything to be honest, they have settled down a bit more now thankfully x

  18. 29th July 2016 / 6:04 am

    Oh dear. A shame it’s not up your street and hope your kids settle down soon enough with or without it and that it just happens!

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you hun x

  19. 28th July 2016 / 5:54 pm

    I’ve heard about this book but was always a bit skeptical about it being the solution to sleep problems (I fell for that with Ewan the Sheep!). At least I know my instinct was right! #sharingthebloglove

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Ha ha, yes Ewan the Sheep is another one! It worked for one of our boys but not the other x

  20. 28th July 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I’ve heard of this book but don’t have it. I have wondered if it was worth getting though.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Worthwhile trying, I know it has worked wonders for others x

  21. 28th July 2016 / 11:01 am

    I have never heard of this, doesn’t sound the most enjoyable book for bedtime.
    Hope your little one settles into a bedtime routine soon x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:00 pm

      thanks x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Hope it works out better for you.

  22. 28th July 2016 / 7:13 am

    I must admit, before I read any of your review I didn’t like the picture. The rabbits look a little weird in my opinion. I think they’d creep my son out! Good luck with the sleeping though, I’m currently going through something similar and my fitbit also quite likes it. It can be depressing getting up in the morning having already done a couple of hundred steps though! #Bloggerclubuk

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Ha ha, yes I should have mentioned about the pictures, I thought they looked weird too! x

  23. 28th July 2016 / 7:06 am

    What a shame it wasn’t what you thought. Hope bed times get better soon

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:00 pm

      thanks x

  24. 27th July 2016 / 9:25 pm

    No, I’ve never read it nor have I ever heard of it! 🙂 I guess maybe they were hoping to bore the kids (including the parents) to pieces and hopefully would make everyone fall asleep too? Obviously didn’t work. Oh dear.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:01 pm

      I think boring everyone to sleep was indeed the tactic ha ha! x

  25. 27th July 2016 / 3:41 pm

    We have this book, but I’ve never read it. My friend brought it for me when we had a spell of bad sleep. It was a kind gesture, but I decided that even if it worked I could rely on 1 book getting her to sleep. Our routine is choosing a different book every night X

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:17 pm

      That is a really good point, it could be dangerous to just rely on the one book! x

  26. 27th July 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I’ve never heard of the book but find Grace liked the interactive books at bedtime, it was a time for us to spend a little quality time enjoying books together x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Yeah my boys like the interactive books better too, I have to agree xxx

  27. 27th July 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book, so I can’t speak from personal experience but selling something with the message that it is sleep-inducing is a bit of a tricky one. I mean, what works for one child, won’t necessarily work for the other, so I guess they’d have to think about their wording. Really disappointing for you though, I know how exhausting bedtime battles can be, but luckily there’s an end in sight. It won’t last forever and hey, you can take revenge when they’re teens and wake them up at silly o’clock every weekend 😉

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:18 pm

      I keep reminding myself I can get revenge in later years ha ha! x

  28. 27th July 2016 / 7:55 am

    I agree with you that this book is like Marmite. My girls both hated it – within a couple of pages were asking me to stop reading it and despite trying to persevere, they were still just as awake at the end of it and I was the one fighting to stay awake due to the tedium of reading it! I can see how it might work but it wasn’t for us and sounds like it wasn’t for your boys either.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Glad we were not the only ones 🙂 x

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