The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep #MONKEYBOOKREVIEW

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

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