Our Night Owl, now four months old, hasn’t been read to quite as much as her big brother was as a baby. Reading to little babies, though a good habit, is a tricky balance since they don’t have long attention spans and can go from nicely-wound-down-ready-to-sleep to crazy-overtired-will-never-sleep-again in a matter of minutes. I guess first time around we had plenty of time and flexibility. Now we have a toddler to factor in, so if the baby is awake and happy she piggybacks on his storytime and otherwise… Well, we’ll do more when she’s a bit bigger.
She has already been given several books, though, and Sleepy Kiwi is her favourite so far. I know because she told me, you know, because she’s so great at talking. But she does seem pretty into it.
Value for money
Usability / Readability
Sleepy Kiwi is a lovely board book aimed at newborns. Its bold graphical illustrations hold the attention of little babies well, and the gentle story optimistically promotes sleep. A perfect newborn gift.
It’s a spin-off from Kuwi’s First Egg, and is a board book with striking black and white graphics and a very short, simple storyline.
The pictures are fascinating to little eyes – the high contrast seems to entrance our Night Owl for ages. Because it’s a board book (and a nice large one, too) it’s great to prop up by the playmat for her to “read” herself. And I reckon some of the graphics are cool enough that they could just about be framed prints to hang on the bedroom wall.
The story is a reassuring tale about how Sleepy Kiwi sleeps while we are awake but will look after us while we are sleeping. I’m not sure how many words babies take in, but I will happily read a book on happy sleeping over and over if it has any chance of making a difference (spoiler: it doesn’t seem to improve infant sleep).
If you read it too many times the story can get a bit trippy, especially if your toddler elbows in on his sister’s storytime and demands you read it backwards. “Sleeps Kiwi Sleepy, shining is sun the when” sounds a bit weird… But that’s clearly on the toddler, not the author.
This book would make a particularly great baby gift. It’s a sweet story, a beautiful book, and is likely to be riveting from as early as a few weeks old, even if the baby doesn’t have the attention span for the whole story yet.
Awesome or Average: Awesome
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