Monday, September 14, 2015

Too Busy Sleeping - Zanni Louise & Anna Pignataro

We've always known we want more than one child {we want 3 if you're wondering}. So we've known since bub was born that there'll come a time when we're going to have to prepare her for the arrival of a new sibling {at least if infertility grants us another baby}. Bringing a new sibling home can be a huge adjustment for a child so I know we'll have to approach it delicately when the time comes so she's not too overwhelmed.

It just so happens that one of the mums in my mothers group added to her family recently so bub's started being exposed to the idea of a new baby. Its sparked an interest in babies so we've got a few "baby" dolls so she can pretend to feed, cuddle and love the baby. I'm planning on using these to help her once a new baby comes into our family. In addition to her own baby doll, I also plan on using books to help her through the transition period.

I've always been a big believer in using children's books to help explain difficult situations to kids. They're written in simple, easy words that kids understand and often explain situations better than we could ourselves. Plus the illustrations also help children to visually understand situations they've never experienced before. So, when fellow blogger {and children's author} Zanni asked me if I'd like to review her new book Too Busy Sleeping, I jumped at the chance. I want every tool up my sleeve for when the time comes.

Too Busy Sleeping - Zanni Louise & Anna Pignataro
Little Hare, 2015


Too Busy Sleeping tells the story of Eleanor, a little girl who's adjusting to the arrival of her new baby brother Reuben. It takes us through her first day as a big sister after he arrives home. Eleanor longs to play with baby Reuben, but he's always too busy sleeping. She faces frustration throughout the day, but overcomes it in a positive way each time.

I can see bub in Eleanor, from her blonde hair to the games she plays throughout the day, her inquisitive nature and even the fact that she eats spaghetti for dinner {which is bub's all time favourite meal}. I know that she'll relate to the story in many ways once she's a little bit older. She doesn't quite have the attention span to sit and take in the whole story at the moment, but she does sit and point to all the pictures with me and tell me what they are and what Eleanor's doing. We read the story, without reading the actual story if you know what I mean.

So many children see having a new sibling as a bad thing, but Zanni has been able to portray the whole experience in a positive light throughout the book, even when Eleanor faces frustration. Zanni explains the joy, fun and laughter little babies can bring {in a way that children will understand}; even though they may not always do what you want them to. 



Anna Pignataro has illustrated the book with beautiful watercolour and collage drawings that compliment Zanni's words perfectly. She captures the magic and whimsy of childhood through her gorgeous illustrations {including the pencil outlines which remind me of my own drawings when I was younger}. The collage pieces are so detailed the pictures appear to be three dimensional. I can't help myself, I keep touching the pages trying to feel all the different fabrics and textures. Bub is super tactile so she spends ages touching the pictures and often wants to go back to certain pictures to look at them over and over.

Too Busy Sleeping will be a constant feature in our house, especially now that bub is getting more and more into books. I'll be reading to to her regularly in the hopes that when we do add to our family she'll be readily prepared for what's to come. I hope her experience with a new bub is just as positive as Eleanor's {and just quietly I hope our next bub is too busy sleeping because it'd be nice to have a baby that likes to sleep for a change}.

Too Busy Sleeping is available in hardback for $24.95 from Zanni Louise and at leading book stores throughout Australia.

Toni x

Disclosure - I was given a copy of Too Busy Sleeping in order to provide a review. All opinions expressed are my own based on the book. I did not receive payment for this review.

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16 comments:

  1. As with adults u can't prepare fully for a baby, keep her engaged in ur growing bump.once baby is here give her a special job that is hers alone ex: getting baby nappy, what worked great with Alex was when he first met Steele in hospital he had a special present for Alex and then he loved his new brother lol lots of role play does help,I'd also say the hardest thing for Alex to cope with was the crying so maybe expose her somehow to a little good old newborn crying. Good luck with trying if ur not already

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    1. I'm planning on doing the present from baby and giving her a special job too {assuming we do get to have another baby}.

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  2. We love this book too and will be reviewing it shortly :D. We have had need of these books on more than a few occasions now. I already love that the character has my son's name! It's a sweet read and very pretty on the eye.

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    1. I can imagine you'd be a pro at introducing kids to new siblings Jody! How awesome that he has your son's name.

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  3. It looks like a lovely book. Mr 21 took it all in stride and was very happy to gain a new baby sister when he was 2 1/2 years old. I think it helped that the hubster took 6 weeks off after the birth; in fact he was the one who toilet trained Mr 21 at this time!

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    1. Oh god I hope T would toilet train bub like that, but I'm not holding my breath.

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  4. I met Zanni Louise at Problogger 2014 - such a beautiful lady. The book looks amazing too. I could never get enough of books like this when my kids were young - love them.

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    1. I wish I could meet her in person she's so lovely. Our book collection is already quite big and she can't even read yet. Although I imagine it'll just keep expanding over the years. I love kids books.

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  5. Sounds like such a beautiful book. I love reading these kinds of stories but my boys rarely like the kind of books I do. Sigh.

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    1. So glad I have a girl so we at least share some of the same loves. Although she's very much into trucks and diggers and other "boy" things so I have to compromise a bit.

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  6. It looks like a gorgeous book. Well done to Zanni! This would make a great gift for a new big brother or sister :)

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    1. Its the perfect gift for a new big brother or sister :) It's such a nice book.

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  7. Sounds as if Zanni's book will definitely come in handy for you guys in future. This is such a lovely review too Toni!

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    1. Fingers crossed we get to give her a sibling x

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  8. I totally loved this book. It is so gorgeous and my daughter just loves it. Fingers crossed for bub #2!

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