Perfect Picture Book Friday! Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Alseep by Barney Saltzberg

I think I have a first going on this week! I have THREE giveaways taking place on my blog! Click HERE to enter to win a copy of  the AWESOME book “The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw” by Christopher Healy – Click HERE to enter to win a 5-book prize pack from Disney Press AND NOW YOU GET A CHANCE TO WIN MY PPBF PICK!!! Just comment and tell me you want to be in the drawing! Next week, I’ll put all the names in a hat and Josie will pick one out. Sorry – it’s only open to U.S. residents.

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because everyone, sometime in their life, could not, would not fall asleep. 🙂

chengduChengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Alseep
Written and Illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
48 pages – ages 3+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 6, 2014

Theme/Topic- Sleeplessness

Genre- Children’s Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-

Opening – “It was late and it was quiet.”

Synopsis from the publisher- “High in his tree a young panda named Chengdu lies awake, even though everyone around him is quietly sleeping. He tosses and he turns. He scrunches and he squirms. But it’s not until he finds the perfect spot-atop his brother, Yuan-that he finds rest. But now Yuan can’t sleep.

Why I liked this book- First of all, just look at Chengdu! Can’t you understand how he feels? He wants to fall asleep, but he can’t! Mr. Saltzberg really draws you into feeling Chengdu’s problem. We really care for Chengdu. He is a cute little panda and he is deprived of  sleep! I get tired just thinking about it. The illustrations are adorable. I like how Mr. Saltzberg drew the details of the bamboo forest and the coloring in it. I also like that there are some flap pages in the book. It makes it interactive and fun. You are going to love Chengdu!

Activities and Resources-

About the author– Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg, Cornelius P. Mud , Crazy Hair Day and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over 800,000 copies in print. Additionally, he’s recorded four CDs of music for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three dogs, and a pond full of fish.

Mr. Saltzberg just posted early Chengdu illustrations on his blog to show his illustration process. It’s cool to see. Click HERE.

Scholastic has an article on what to do for your sleepless middle-grade child (Click HERE) and for toddlers (Click HERE).

Check out this post from PargmaticMom on bedtime yoga to help kids go to sleep. Ms. Wenjen reviews a yoga picture book that may help your little Chengdu fall asleep (Click HERE)!


Check out the book’s trailer! Chengdu is SO CUTE!!!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5

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40 replies

  1. looks like a winner. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Awww…I don’t read many picture books anymore, but this one is so cute! (I’ll skip the contest in favor of those with kids who would enjoy it more.)

  3. Oh, oh, oh! I’ve gotta read this! Sooooooo cute! Perfect trailer!

  4. Awww – this looks SO cute. Must read! thanks for sharing…..

  5. Beautiful Oops! is one of my very favorite books! That Mr Saltzberg knows how to tell a story! I do love Chengdu already! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love all of Mr. Saltzberg’s books! Chengdu is adorable. I’m very partial to pandas! I’d love to win this book, so please include me in the drawing. Great review, SuperKid!

  7. This looks darling 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. I can so relate to that Panda! How cute what a perfect expression on his face. That’s clever illustrating.

  9. Have already put this one on order. What a great bedtime book! The cover got me. Also enjoyed looking at Barney Saltzberg’s drawing process. Darling video trailer.

  10. This look so lovely. I guessed it must be a panda from the name Chengdu. His face does indeed look like that of a young insomniac. Super trailer.

  11. Loved that trailer! The book looks so cute!

  12. Erik…you always do a fantastic review…love the trailer. 🙂

  13. I agree with Vivian, you do a wonderful review. Love this cute book, and am happy to leave the drawing to those in USA. Have a great weekend Erik.

  14. So many children are afraid to fall asleep! Gorgeous story. I love the description.

  15. The trailer is great. Nice review. Would love to win it.:)

  16. OK, I know yawning is contagious, but from watching a video of a cute, fictional panda?! I yawned! lol

    I love pandas and, unfortunately, can relate to his insomnia : / This looks like a really enjoyable book for ANY age–probably more so for adults! lol Would love to win it for my insomniac boyfriend, to tell you the truth! 🙂

    At least your review good enough to not put me to sleep 😉 hehehe

  17. Oh my gosh, is he ever cute. Chengdu wins the cuteness contest hands down! I must get this book!

  18. Oh, I know that panda’s expression. It’s the same one I have when I lie awake.

  19. The book cover of Chengdu reminds me a little bit of Sparky. I would most likely hunt these two picturebooks down in our library and do a 2-in-1 review of them. Thanks for sharing this and your thoughts about the book, it does sound adorable.

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