Melinda Szymanik has written children’s picture books, short stories and novels. She was born in Auckland. Greg Straight is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, born in Auckland.
I always have a sense of anticipation whenever a delivery of books arrives on my doorstep to review. I certainly haven’t been disappointed with the latest books. While you are sleeping is a fabulous book with exquisite illustrations by Greg Straight. These illustrations are sharp and bright, with lovely clear text describing each drawing.
The author Melinda Szmanik, takes us on a journey of what happens while we are sleeping. People on the other side of the world going about their lives, animals of the night foraging for food, birds that only fly at night, long distance vehicles driving through the night, plus other scenarios.
The idea of what happens during the night while we are sleeping appealed to me and one that most children probably would not think about. Small children are fascinated with anything different and so soak up any ideas that are presented to them. I could imagine both of the very small children in my family loving this book. Recommended.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
While you are sleeping
by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Greg Straight
Published by Duck Creek Press