Stop That Yawn

By: Caron Levis

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

Full-color illustrations were rendered in croquille and india ink, and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781481441797

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Yawning , Bedtime , Grandmothers and granddaughters , Adventures

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Everyone knows that yawning is contagious—fine at bedtime, but not in the fantastical world of Never Sleeping City, the nighttime destination of energetic young Gabby Wild and her good-natured grandmother. “Tonight we are going to party ALLLL night!” says Gabby, and for a while Granny is game. But once Granny accidentally lets slip a yawn, it Everyone knows that yawning is contagious—fine at bedtime, but not in the fantastical world of Never Sleeping City, the nighttime destination of energetic young Gabby Wild and her good-natured grandmother. “Tonight we are going to party ALLLL night!” says Gabby, and for a while Granny is game. But once Granny accidentally lets slip a yawn, it’s up to Gabby to try to rouse all the suddenly- sleepy revelers around them (her refrain: “Grit your teeth, seal your lips, we have to stop that—YAWN”). So far it doesn’t sound like a Sendak homage—but open the book and its many visual references to In the Night Kitchen (rev. 2/71) are clear, from Gabby and Granny’s flying-bed transport; to the lookalike font, midnight-blue hues, and page design (alternating full-page art with spreads, spots, and long vertical panels); to the bustlingly busy illustrations. Levis and Pham provide a neat update, with a high-energy, adventure-minded, brown-skinned, female protagonist embarking on her surreal nighttime adventure. (Would Sendak have approved of the grandparental supervision? Probably not; but Levis’s story line is her own, and Granny is key.) The tale takes a meta turn when Gabby directly addresses readers: “YOU are NOT sleepy, right? This is NOT a bedtime story!” But yawns are hard to contain, even for night owls like Gabby—whose exploits are sure to be continuing in the rumpus, er, party happening in “the land of her wildest dreams.” elissa gershowitz

Book Details

ISBN

9781481441797

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

12" x 9"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Yawning, Bedtime, Grandmothers and granddaughters, Adventures,

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