Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book

by Dr. Seuss


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Celebrate sleep with Dr. Seuss’s classic rhyming bedtime story picture book. Van Vleck, a very small bug, is getting sleepy, and his yawn—contagious as yawns are—sets off a chain reaction, making all those around him feel sleepy, too! With typically Seussian nods to alarm clocks, sleepwalking, and snoring, this charming ode to bedtime will lull listeners (and readers) toward dreamland. Zzzzzzzzzz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800912
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1962
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 21,935
Product dimensions: 8.31(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the next best thing to a ride in the car to help your youngster get to sleep. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book will also provide lots of relaxing evening reads . . . that will leave you in a good mood for a restful night, as well. Many people report having trouble getting to sleep throughout their entire lives. Sleep experts advise creating new behaviors that enourage drowsiness. Avoid caffeine. Put the lights on low. Have some quiet music. Avoid activities in bed other than sleeping (I've always wondered about that one, too, for the parents). Keep a regular schedule. Have some hot milk. So Dr. Seuss right away changes the rules. 'This Book is to be Read in Bed.' You will immediately meet a 'very small bug . . . Van Vleck is yawning so wide you can look down his neck.' Now a yawn is catching. In fact, I'm yawning as I type this section. Before I knew about this book, one of my favorite methods of helping our youngsters settle down was to go into their room to read a story while yawning uncontrollably. They could seldom resist yawning themselves for longer than two minutes. Pretty soon the eye lids were heavy. Dr. Seuss gives you some additional hypnotic suggestions to help with this process, so you'll soon be a sleep-inducing magician. 'The yawn of that one little bug is still spreading!' 'And people are gradually starting to say, 'I feel rather drowsy. I've had quite a day.'' 'Creatures are starting to think about rest. Two Biffer-Baum Birds are now building their nest.' 'Sleepy thoughts are spreading throughout the whole land.' What follows are lots of references to brushing your teeth before bedtime, turning the lights out, more yawns, and getting into bed. 'The number of sleepers is steadily growing.' These include stilt-walkers, the Hinkle-Horn Honking Club, the collapsible Frink, some who are talking in their sleep, Joe and Mo Redd-Zoff are sleep walking, the Hoop-Soup-Snoop Group, the Curious Crandalls, Chippendale Mupp bites his tail, Mr. and Mrs. J. Carmichael Krox, Zwiebach Motel guests, snorers who make music, Jedd, two Offts, a dreaming moose and goose, the Bumble-Tub Club sleeping afloat, and the salesmen in the Vale of Va-Vode sleeping all over the road (and everywhere else). Pretty soon, 'Ninety-nine zillion, Nine trillion and two Creatures are sleeping! So . . . How about you?' 'Good night.' Obviously, the key to this book is to create an ever more . . . drowsy mood. Unlike the usual Dr. Seuss story, you want to s - l - o - w d - o - w - n a - s y - o - u g - o . The book is rather long, so the cadence has a chance to create a rhythmic sense of relaxation. Reading the book can become one of those regular habits that is sleep inducing in this way. The only book that compares with this one for relaxing your child into sleep is Good Night Moon, which is surely a staple in your repertoire by now. Older children do tire of that (which is great for wee ones), so they can graduate
christiesfan More than 1 year ago
I got this wonderful book for my daughter when she was about three. Not one time I read it for her did she fail to fall asleep before I was done reading the entire book. In fact, the narrative is so full proof that whenever my husband joined us for the bedtime story, he would fall asleep too - sometimes, I am sorry to say, even before our daughter. So if you need your spouse to be alert, I don't recommend it! Dr. Seuss' engaging humor and delicious rhymes make it very soothing and even those who read it aloud will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best let's go to bed book I have read! My 3 year old just loves it and we even give the pictured characters even more crazy names than they already have. She just loves the Foona Lagoona Baboona and the Chippendale Mupp. The Herk-Heimer Sisters have gotten her to brush her teeth before bed better than I ever have! You will enjoy this. And it is so easy to turn off the light and say good night now!
Tryion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Moose juice and Goose juice.
bcbias on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it to my nephew almost every night when I'm home. This would be a really great book to read to younger children right before nap time or quiet time. The book starts off with a bug yawning and because yawns are contagious it spreads around to all the different creatures of the land. These creatures are either already sleeping or getting ready for bed. The book explains how they sleep and how they fall asleep. This book will put you to sleep. I always yawn and find myself extremely tired after reading it.
jonathanjohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typical Dr. Seuss book, full of fun adventure and allows a child to utilize their vivid imagination to the maximum.
msmalnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolute classic Dr. Seuss "story" about how all sorts of different made-up creatures get ready for and go to bed. My copy is old old old and I hope it lasts forever.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
It's bed time all over the world, and we get to meet fun creatures straight from Seuss's imagination. Wacky fun that has entertained kids for several generations now.
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RoRoD More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, when my son asks us to read this book at night, my husband and I both sigh. It is Classic Dr Seuss, full of tongue twisters and rhymes and made-up words that ONLY could have been imagined by Dr. Seuss himself. (The tongue twisting made-up words is the reason for the sigh, plus it's a little long). No one writes books like this anymore and I love that our son loves Dr. Seuss as much as we do. It is the journey of how one creatures yawn can spark tiredness throughout zillions. A fun (and exhausting) read. And I'm positive my 3.5 year old will ask for it again tonight!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!! It's fun for us to read and after weeks of reading it every night at bedtime, we still have not made it to the end of the book before our son falls asleep. Bedtime used to be somewhat stressful because we just never knew if we could get him to sleep or if he would keep himself awake until all hours of the night. With this book, we're almost guaranteed that he'll fall asleep and we can put him in his bed without a big screaming fit (he's 3 by the way). Unfortunately it has the same affect on me and many times I don't get up again for the rest of the night, but I'll take that over the alternative any day. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a good bedtime book. Oh, and not only is this a good book to lul the little one to sleep, but oftentimes we find that even after he's asleep, we keep reading it because it's fun!
readsbooks More than 1 year ago
I first got this book I think when I was in High School and have kept it by my bed ever since. It is also my go to gift for new parents. It is a book with universal appeal no matter what you age.
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I let my 2.5 year old daughter choose a Suess book. She picked this one out. We will save it for later because the first 2 times we read it, it was just too advanced for her. However, it is a fun read for us (mom and dad). I think it might be more appropriate for the 4+ age group.
Jordan_Hal More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome Book to have in one's own library. Everyone should own Seuss works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.
memrose More than 1 year ago
This book put my little girl to sleep right away The Characters were funny the reading was fun a unforgettable book by Dr. Seuss
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 4 year old son everynight before bed and he never tires of it!! Just starting on the first page mentioning the yawns and he yawns during the entire book, it is the cutest thing!!! He loves the pictures and by the end he wants to be counted on the tally of who's all asleep..it is by far the best book I have found for winding down a busy day and getting him all settled down to sleep!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss Sleep Book Illustrated by Dr. Seuss Random House, Inc., 1990 I.S.B.N 0-394-80091-5 Dr. Seuss¿s Sleep Book, written by Dr. Seuss, is a suitable book for grades one to three. It is a very fun and enjoyable book for theses ages. This tale is about how a bug is spreading around The County of Keck, and its spreading around very fast. The bug is making everyone very sleepy, and by the end of the book there are zillions of people sleeping in the County of Keck. Book Seuss shows the young readers a lot of different characters throughout the book. The reader will enjoy many of the different characters, being that they are really funny, although they are sleeping. The Zwieback Motel has beds as hard as rocks, and people are even sleeping there. By the end of the book, Ninety- nine zillion, nine trillion and two creatures are sleeping. That is why you need to go to the nearest book store before this book is put to sleep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am going on 30 years and still love it! I am single, visually impaired and have a narrated copy on a cassette tape. The snores make me laugh until my sides hurt! Toward the end though, you have to add me to the 99 zillion or more sleepers to the who's asleep score. That bug yawning makes me yawn just hearing him. I recommend this book for children of all ages! Wether you want to laugh, or need something to go to sleep by, get this book. I feel rather drowsy! I've had quite a day! shaneman746@aol.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for young children. My dauter(15) reads it to my son(5) nearly every night. It is fun and enjoyable to read. I even read it when I was young. I highly recomend it to chldren ages 4 to 8 and there families!