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My Parents Think I’m Sleeping (I Can Read, Level 3)

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What do you do if you find yourself in bed and the lights are out but you still can’t sleep? One boy finds plenty to keep him busy. First, he reads a little-under the covers with a flashlight, of course. Then, he sneaks into the kitchen for a piece of chocolate cake. Later, he listens to the rain and watches the midnight shadows. What do you do if you find yourself awake while you will have to be asleep? Perhaps you want to be reading this book!

The childhood ritual of being put to bed has been a source of inspiration for children (and frustration for grownups) all the way through the ages. Prolific children’s poet Jack Prelutsky has taken this undeniable truism and run with it in My Parents Think I’m Sleeping, an eye-opening, poetic romp through the multitude of adventures that can take place after the lights have been turned out. From pleasant midnight thoughts (“I have been in bed for hours, / but I’m sure I’m wide-awake, / for my head is full of visions / of a forest by a lake.”) to philosophical ponderings (“What happens to the colors / when night replaces day? / What turns the wrens to ravens, / the trees to shades of gray?”), children in all places will relate to these soothing, sleepy poems. Illustrated by Yossi Abolafia with the foggy blues and grays of the gloaming, kids will love snuggling up with this book–in truth, it just might make tuck-in time a dream! (Ages 4 to 8)

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