Written and Illustrated by: Courtney Dicmas
Published by: Templar Publishing, UK in 2015
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: fun, friendship, dreamers
Opening Lines: The residents of 32 Pebbly Lane led mostly unextraordinary lives. All except one, that is.
Synopsis: Louis the Lemur is a sleepwalker! After his night-time antics cause mischief, his friends decide to follow him one night, as he snuffles and snoozes far away from his home, with hilarious consequences. There is just one question on their minds – what on earth is Louis dreaming of? This is the crazy, colourful, wonderful new title from the artist of Harold Finds a Voice, nominated for the 2014 Waterstones Prize.
Why I like this: When I saw the title I had to get this. Being a dreamer myself and I used to as a child sleepwalk often and on one occasion frightened the life out of my parents. But hey that’s another story. I love the cover and they say opening lines of text should hook the reader but in this case the cover certainly has a great hook, with silver moon and the lemur teetering on the edge of what appears to be a diving board. This can’t possibly end well. Dreaming while sleeping is therapeutic, we go to amazing places, have adventures and are brave and fearless and the world is our oyster. Courtney captures this well in her simple outlined illustrations of gorgeous colours. (Blue is her favourite by-the-way). Courtney also uses minimal text making every word count… “snoozed down a washing line” and “snuffled right out onto Pebbly Lane.” This is a fun read for any age.
Just a thought…. We woke up this morning to find the garage roller door was up, our car unlocked and the meter board off our meter box. inside the garage….. Oh no! Had we simply forgotten to lock up properly last night… or… had I gone sleepwalking?…. *headdesk*
A You tube teaser….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAHObBkH3vc
About the author…. http://www.courtneydicmas.com/about/
Fun facts about Lemurs for kids…. http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/lemurs-are-mammals-fun-lemur-facts-for-kids/
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The illustrations are fantastic. Good idea for a story. I have never seen one on sleep walking. I have never been a sleepwalker, except once. I tried to leave a hotel room in the middle of the night when I was a kid. If it had not been for the chain lock on top, I would have probably “escaped.” Who knows what would have happened. It was weird to hear about the next morning.
Nor me. This was one book that had me going “Oh why hadn’t I thought of it,” Very clever! Sorry I’m so late in replying. Thank you so much for dropping in.
The title is enough to make me want to read it! Thanks for sharing this – I’ll look for a copy.
I hope you found it Sue. Enjoy!
A lemur! FUN! Love the title, too. Will watch for this one!
Yep a lemur. Hope you found it. Enjoy Beth.
Sounds like a fun little book. My one granddaughter was a sleepwalker when she was small.
It is a fun book Darlene. Oh my, hope she didn’t find herself in any unusual places. 🙂
That’s it. I need to get this! Great review! 😀
Thanks Erik. Hope you found it. Enjoy!
What a great title and subject. My daughter was a sleep walker. Should get this for her.
Ha, she will love it Pat. It is a great little book.
Definitely my kind of book!
🙂 Enjoy Julie!
The illustrations are so cute ♥