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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear [Paperback]

Martin Waddell , Barbara Firth
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 April 2005
Little Bear is afraid of the dark, and just cannot go to sleep. Big Bear tries everything, and soon their cave shines with the light of three lanterns. But what about the dark outside?
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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844284913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844284917
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Prize for Children's Books, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? is a luscious-as-chocolate tale that should find a place on every pre-school bookshelf. While Big Bear tries to read his Bear Book, Little Bear tries to sleep, but can't. He's scared of the dark. So Big Bear keeps bringing him progressively bigger lanterns. But nothing seems to work, until he leads Little Bear out of the Bear Cave into the dark nights.

NB. There is some debate as to whether Little Bear was really trying very hard to get to sleep. Some of the illustrations seem to show him bouncing around rather a lot. You decide. (Ages 2-5) --Lisa Gee

A big book edition is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The most perfect children's book ever written or illustrated... It evaporates and dispels all fear of the dark." The Sunday Times; "Wonderfully reassuring for small children. I cannot praise this picture book too highly. It will delight reader and listener alike." The Sunday Telegraph"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best young children's book ever 18 Sep 2004
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Our daughter is almost three and this book has become an essential part of her bedtime ritual. Ironically, she didn't have a fear of the dark until we read this and then she got the idea (she's quite dramatic). However, it has been great fun to play with and the simple dialogue between Big Bear and Little Bear is something that she knows off by heart. We have great fun doing the voices and it is my husband who most often gets to read it. He now takes her out into the garden after reading it as well, so that she too can look at the moon and stars.
Martin Waddell is one of our favourite children's authors and his books are a delight for children and parents alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 8 April 2008
This book was bought for my oldest daughter as a gift for her second birthday and has become a family tradition....

Little Bear can't get to sleep because he's afraid of the dark despite all of Big Bear's attempts at reassurance until Big Bear hits on the perfect way to get him to sleep.

This book is not just for patrents having difficulty getting their children to sleep, it's enchanting and wonderfully warm. I guarantee the way Big Bear resolves the situation will bring a lump to your throat.

The story is beautifully simple and the animation exquisite to the extent that we have given the series of books as gifts to friends' children in turn. After 17 years it's still a prized gift - which says it all really.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for bed 21 Aug 2009
As a bedtime read, this book is perfection. Little bear has been put to bed, but cannot (or will not!) go to sleep as he is scared of the dark. Big Bear tries to banish the dark with lanterns of varying size, but there is always a little bit more dark on the edges of the light. Finally, Big Bear takes Little Bear outside to see that the stars and moon are throwing off all the light Little Bear needs, but Little Bear doesn't hear this, as he is fast asleep.

The story is charming, interesting but calm enough for an evening story. The artwork is well done and colourful enough to entice very young readers. As the subject of the book is bedtime, the pictures are quite dark in colour and tone, which is comforting and relaxing. Whilst this is not a new book, its charm keeps it a favourite for parents and children alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a Classic 7 July 2008
I'm amazed that anyone would want to tear this book up. It is absolutely charming and a lovely story to read at bedtime. I've lost count of how many copies I have bought as gifts. (All with great feedback.)
Adults and children alike love it. The Americans love it too. So, why not the British???
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sweetest thing - for babies and adults alike 20 Aug 2003
By Eli B
This story and its characters are sooooo sweet. I bought this book for my 20-plus year old little sister who was going through an insomnia phase and it brought tears to her eyes.
Now that I have a 9-month old baby girl who also have sleeping problems I am going to buy this book again for her. It may not work for the sleeping issue, but I will LOVE reading it to her and looking together at the fantastic illustrations. Better than a yoga session.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly wonderful, even eighteen years on. 22 Dec 2007
I used to read this to my son, years ago. Came across it again recently and it STILL brings a lump to my throat. A brilliant, wise and poetic book, that never ever fades from the memory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely line of books 17 Feb 2010
These books are a lovely line of books. My son is still too young for a longer stories, but I am looking very forward to reading them to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime story for the young! 15 Dec 2009
Format:Board book
I had this story read to me when i was a child and it holds great memories! It is a good book to help with a bedtime routine. Also helps if children are afraid of the dark because they can relate to little bear! I have just bought this book in the small, hardback version for my future godchild and i hope she loves it as much as i used to :) Excellent value for money and quick delivery. Thankyou!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet
I bought this book when my daughter was a baby & now bought the bigger version for her baby. Such a sweet story & lovely pictures.
Published 2 months ago by mrs susan m jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent condition there was a little tear on one of the pages but I'm not bothered about that my little boy will probably's rip it more. Brilliant quick delivery
Published 3 months ago by Swifty
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
I had a copy of this book when my own children were young and bought this for my grandson. Beautifully illustrated and a lovely story- especially if little ones are scared if the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn S
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
explains that it is ok to feel scared of the dark
uses gadgets to make the bear feel safe
adult to help little bear,
great for young children
Published 6 months ago by Kathy Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I loved this book when I was younger so I thought I would buy it to read it again, and I still love it, good quality and yeah
Published 6 months ago by B. Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story book for 4-5 year olds
Bought for my grandaughter who enjoyed the gentle pace of the story. One of a series and I did get another title in the same range which she also enjoyed.
Published 7 months ago by Pot pourri
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware fear of the dark!
Very rarely complain but given our current experience thought it was worth pointing out to parents that we also have the problem that this book has introduced the concept of fear... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shandy
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book
I agree with the 1 star reviews, but I don't HATE it, hence 2 stars. My son quite likes this book, and it's sort of sweet. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JB
3.0 out of 5 stars read once
Bought this for my son as recommended by school on the subject they were learning.
Didn't really like the story bit naff, passed book on to others now learning subject at... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. K. Alford
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
The book arrived late and the cut out figures of the bears were not in the book so the pull out part of the book wasn't much good without the cut-out bears
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Published 13 months ago by Dee
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