Despite all of his efforts, Arlo just could not get to sleep. He has been everywhere in his search for the perfect spot to sleep but the temperature is never quite right, neither is the level of noise or the comfiness of the ground. Arlo is exhausted and is beginning to wonder if he will ever sleep again when a voice from above flies into help. Can Owl offer any magical advice that will help Arlo get the sleep he so desperately craves…
I’m feeling sleepy writing this after being captivated by Arlo’s story and Owl’s comforting and relaxing words. For any children that struggle to drop off to sleep and find themselves feeling like Arlo, then the words of Owl might be the solution. Owl’s gentle and calming song is a thing of beauty and encourages mindfulness. It slowly guides readers on a journey towards sleep as they are encouraged to stretch, to relax, to breathe slowly and to dream. Gently repeating the soft prose out loud will have little ones dropping off to sleep and have them dreaming of the places that they would like to visit and all of the things that they would do there.
The illustrations are exquisite. Pencil lines, inks and watercolours combine to produce pages that are truly mesmerising. The lion’s mane has flecks of lavender, the speckled owl is gorgeous and the landscapes are calming and tranquil. Reds, oranges and yellows blend together at sunset, blacks, purples, blues and pinks create the most divine of dusks, and blues blend into yellows to create a moonlit scene. I honestly cannot explain how splendid the artwork is, this is something you need to see for yourself.
The perfect book for gently easing little minds and bodies to sleep.
Recommended for 3+.