The majority of the book is a lovely bedtime story for the very young. Older readers will enjoy the backmatter, which expands on the earlier information and adds interesting tidbits, such as the fact that giraffes’ necks have the same number of vertebrae as humans’ necks (seven). Facts to precede sweet slumbering.
The mixed-media illustrations feature soothing, muted colors and portray the animals in cozy, reassuring attitudes of repose. This basic introduction should get kids thinking about where and why animals sleep where they do, an often-overlooked aspect of habitats and life cycles.
The soft, realistic, mixed-media animal portraits radiate vintage warmth well-suited to the soporific mood with muted colors and gentle strokes. Fact-filled back matter adds depth for older readers. A soothing, informative offering to lull young creatures to sleep.
—Publishers Weekly Online
The illustrations, expressing the text faithfully, have a dreamlike quality achieved with soft curved brushes that invoke the different surroundings where animals slumber. This book can be used during a pajama storytime or at home during the nighttime routine…A classic-themed picture book that will connect children with animals while sharing some basic facts about them.
—School Library Journal