And so, because I get to be "brutally honest," the bedtime story, "Sleep Like A Tiger," written by Mary Logue is written like hundred other going-to-bed books.
I was not impressed with the writing of "Sleep Like A Tiger."
But as a book of illustrations ....
These are exactly the kind of curious and unpredictable delights that draw my attention and refuse to let go.
I'm not sure if children appreciate them as much as I do because, from my perspective, Pamela Zagarenski's art is a view into the dreams of childhood.
It's a place where children already live- so it's hard, I imagine, to see the wonder of a place when you live there.
But as an adult turning each page of the book while a little girl who isn't tired gets ready for bed, (again-I've heard this story before) I discover each illustration is filled with details and marvels that make me want to stay and explore this childhood landscape.
I want to play in the silent night, make friends with foxes and tigers, and sing lullabies to the moon.
I want these paintings on my walls, where I can imagine my own stories.
So while I may not find this going to bed story particularly inspired or somthing child will ask for night after night, I wouldn't mind having this book on my shelf just so I could return again a to the land of childhood dreams.
Have you ever been drawn to a book because of the illustrations?