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
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.
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”.
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?