Book Reviews and Endorsements

 Review from Booklife/Publishers Weekly

In the magical land of Beddy Bye Woods, you’ll find sparkling ponds, cheerful turtles, and most important of all, the magical creatures known as Nodders. These fuzzy, big-eared creations love to frolic and play—but they can only start their fun once kids take a nap. It’s a clever and engaging conceit: While kids nap, Nodders romp. Written in story-time rhymes crafted to be read aloud, and boasting Brian Schmidt’s stunning and lively digital illustrations of its imaginative subjects, The Nodders is a picture book sure to be requested again and again—and one that might offer relief to tired caregivers and children alike.

Though a handful of rhymes feel forced, the verse overall creates that rare hypnotic fairy tale effect, the kind of story that lulls little ones to sleep. That might not happen with the first reading, as the Nodders, as rendered by Schmidt, are so visually interesting that the pages demand to be pored over in detail. With hints of pigs and bats in their face and body, curlicues in their ears, cute pajamas, and slippers that help them fly, the Nodders exhibit whimsy and fun on every page. Those pages are carefully considered and laid out, especially a masterful double spread of the sun setting on one page and rising on the next, blended together to show that they’re one event.

There are no shortage of “go to sleep” books for kids (and adults), and The Nodders succeeds in differentiating itself with its highly original concept —and by focusing on naps. Even so, it could easily be read as a good night book as well. These charming beings will likely work their way into kids’ hearts, and will certainly be welcome in a caregiver’s arsenal when it comes to nudging children toward sleep.

Takeaway: A picture book alive with whimsy and enchantment, The Nodders is crafted to charm little ones into napping.

Great for fans of: Il Sung Na’s A Book of Sleep, Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama, Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Night.

Production Grade -  A

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Review from Forword Magazine

The Nodders What! You Don't Want to Nap?
Tina Huggins
Brian Schmidt, Illustrator
Beaver's Pond Press (Mar 20, 2021) Hardcover $16.99 (32pp) 978-1-64343-832-0

PICTURE BOOKS

An ancient tree in the Beddy Bye Woods is home to the Nodders: small winged creatures who only wake up when children go to sleep. To encourage children to take their naps, the Nodders leave treats or toys in sleeping children’s “NapPouches,” a concept inspired by a trick the author’s mother used. With fuzzy ears, patterned pajamas, and magic slippers that transform into everything from skates to rockets, the Nodders are sure to encourage any child to embrace nap time.

DANIELLE BALLANTYNE (March / April 2021)
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The publisher of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the publisher for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that

 

Endorsements:

The Nodders is sure to make the most recalcitrant nappers shut their eyes and rest.  A sweet tale of creatures who wake when little ones are sleeping. Only then can they jump up and slip rewards into a special nap pouch folded from the dust jacket. Charming and just what moms need!
Jennie fields, author of Atomic Love

Tina Huggins’s The Nodders shows how young children in imaginative ways are encouraged to nap using positive reinforcements.  She creates a poetic story where the rhyming words flow easily in solving the problem of getting children to rest.  Brian Schmidt’s illustrations are whimsical and colorful and do an excellent job in bringing the story to life.  Since pictures support the beginning reading process, the visual and verbal expressions are easy to understand making the The Nodders a fun book.  Possessing a treasure pouch is another good incentive to support a child’s quiet time.
Sandy Stringfellow, retired educator of intellectually gifted and talented children in Nashville, TN 

Endorsements:

The Nodders is sure to make the most recalcitrant nappers shut their eyes and rest.  A sweet tale of creatures who wake when little ones are sleeping. Only then can they jump up and slip rewards into a special nap pouch folded from the dust jacket. Charming and just what moms need!

- Jennie fields, author of Atomic Love

 

Tina Huggins’s The Nodders shows how young children in imaginative ways are encouraged to nap using positive reinforcements.  She creates a poetic story where the rhyming words flow easily in solving the problem of getting children to rest.  Brian Schmidt’s illustrations are whimsical and colorful and do an excellent job in bringing the story to life.  Since pictures support the beginning reading process, the visual and verbal expressions are easy to understand making the The Nodders a fun book.  Possessing a treasure pouch is another good incentive to support a child’s quiet time.

- Sandy Stringfellow, retired educator of intellectually gifted and talented children in Nashville, TN 

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