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Picture Book Review: Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

Updated on March 9, 2015
A beautifully illustrated page from the picture book, Sleep Like a Tiger.
A beautifully illustrated page from the picture book, Sleep Like a Tiger. | Source

Summary of Book

A little girl does not feel sleepy and is insistent on not going to sleep. Her parents listen to her tell them she is not tired in between questions she asks them about animals and whether they go to sleep. All the while, her parents keep telling her that she can stay up all night, as long as she does one thing. Each time she asks a question, they respond the same way, telling her to do things like brush her teeth, wash her face, and climb into bed. The simple acts of completing tasks that you do when you are getting ready for bed, causes her to subconciously become ready to go to sleep. This might be a great, sneaky strategy for parents to use with their own stubborn little ones.

Special Features of Book

The complex illustrations are filled with various design textures and repeated elements on each page. The reader's mind is constantly making connections between pages, to objects pictured before, attaching new meaning to them. The gifted illustrator creates large paintings which can be viewed at

Ideas for Usage

For the teacher: This book is filled with figurative language: personification, similes, metaphors, and hyperboles. It can be used as an example of figurative language to inspire the use of it in writing. This book would also serve as a great visualization tool for teaching students how to remember parts of a story. Inferences could be taught as well, noting how the parents responded to the child and inferring why they did so.

For the parent: This book would be highly entertaining to young children. The artwork alone is engaging, making the reader want to look more closely. The figurative language is good to expose children to at a young age, demonstrating the power of words. This book would be a great one to read, just before children go to sleep.


Highly recommended, grades K-5.

Curriculum Connections

English Virginia (Reading) SOLs, 2010

2.8 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts.

5.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading. d) Identify an author’s use of figurative language.

Basic Bibliographic Information

Logue, Mary. Sleep Like a Tiger. (Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski). Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. ISBN 978-0-547-64102-7. $16.99.

About the Author Mary Logue

“Mary Logue can make the isolated roads of a Wisconsin farming community feel as chilling and unsafe as any big city’s dark alleys.” —JAN BURKE

“Mary Logue’s fine, spare prose creates a suspenseful narrative that builds to an explosive climax, then touches the heart with its humanity.” —MARGARET MARON

The foundation of Mary Logue's work is poetry. This is no surprise, given that her writing flows rythmically in her picture book, Sleep Like a Tiger. Mary has written four books of poetry, her latest is Hand Work, which came out in 2009. According to her websit, this book was the result of an experiment to write a poem a day for a year. She has published a young adult novel, Dancing with an Alien, and the Bloodwater mysteries with Pete Hautman. Her non-fiction books include a biography of her grandmother, Halfway Home, and a book on Minnesota courthouses, both published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Dancing with an Alien, was the Winner of ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and New York Public Library Book for the teen age reader.


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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Seafarer Mama (love your name). I am a big fan of picture books, even though my kids have outgrown them. We were just talking about the ones they remember and were fond of yesterday. I keep a bookshelf full of our favorites. Take care.

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      Karen A Szklany 4 years ago from New England

      I enjoyed reading your hub. Its organization around the book's description and then its application to Literacy for both parents and teachers is very useful. It does seem like a very entertaining for a child to read, or have read to him/her. I may take a look at a library copy, and then return to order it for a couple of young cousins.

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