In Grumble, Yawn, readers learn all about bedtime told through onomatopoeia. Readers hear the flip flop of the book, tick tock of the clock and howl moan stomp squawk from the little girl who doesn’t want to go to bed. The narrative follows this young girl’s bedtime routine: her dad reads a book to her before bed, she brushes her teeth, uses the toilet and finally gives in and goes to sleep.
Grumble, Yawn is a short story that will resonate with children and caregivers alike. The struggle at bedtime is real, and the young girl in this book is like so many other children at bedtime – they just don’t want to go to sleep!
A great picture book has illustrations that evoke emotion and tell the story, and illustrator Jacqui Lee’s work does just that. Her artwork is brilliant and brings the words on the page to life. She works in gouache and has a playful style that is bright, memorable and fun. Readers will love following the grey cat that makes its appearance on every page in this story.
Young readers will reach for Grumble, Yawn time and time again. The fun onomatopoeic rhythmic sounds help to bring a new meaning to these words in an enjoyable way. It’s the perfect book to read before bedtime and an equally perfect book to add to your bookshelf.
Courtney Crocker is the Regional Librarian for Central Division with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She lives in Gander.