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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep [Paperback]

Mara Bergman , Nick Maland
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3 Jan 2008
Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep couldn't and didn't and would not sleep. It's not that he is afraid of the dark, or monsters, or robbers or sounds from the park. But Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep likes staying awake more than going to sleep. Join Oliver on his journey to Mars and back before he finally, finally, finally goes to sleep. Superb bedtime tale, told in rhyme and great to read aloud, with stunning illustrations from award-winner Nick Maland.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034089329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340893296
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Oliver Who Would Not Sleep (Hodder £10.99), "Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep COULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!" as a splendidly rhythmic text by Mara Bergman unfolds the story of a boy's imaginative play. He takes a trip to Mars before he settles down. Nick Maland's stylish illustrations add intriguing incident to the tale, using muted colour and lots of pattern. (Nicolette Jones, Times)

A celebration of imagination and creativity. (Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian)

A celebration of sleeplessness (My Child)

A creative tour de force, this book marries Bergman's sparkling rhyming text with Nick Maland's distinctive textured illustrations. (The Glasgow Herald)

On their previous book, Snip Snap:

*Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear.  - The Guardian  10/04/2005

*Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun.  - Booklist 

*Mara Bergman and Nick Maland tell an amusing and tension-filled tale that turns tail and runs on adrenaline power until the very end. The illustrations add to the appeal of this book.  - The Lady 

*To accompany this lively text, Maland creates pictures that not only mirror the writing, but also offer humor and fun on each page... Reading this picture book aloud is great fun for the reader and listener.  - Parents' Choice Foundation 2005

(Snip Snap ATI)

With its rhythmic text, this action packed bedtime story is fun to read aloud and well complemented by brightly coloured illustrations. Characters and foregrounds are large and freely drawn with black outlines and ligh shading whereas the backgrounds are incredibly detailed. (Carousel)

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Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep likes staying awake more than going to sleep... This beautifully rhythmic text accompanied by wonderful illustrations from award-winning illustrator Nick Maland is the perfect bedtime story! Shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards, 2007

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely for little boys 4 Feb 2009
I bought this for my four year old who is called Oliver and he loves it. it is really very simple and short but it a good story for bedtime because we all know little boys as the book says "would rather be awake than asleep" but after a lovely adventure he does go to sleep. the last one to read before the light goes out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 17 Mar 2008
At first I thought this would be a bit beyond our son, but he's 19 months old and he loves this book. It has monsters, rockets, cars and comets; the illustrations are detailed and not cutesy at all. I love reading it out loud, and we all love the finally... finally... ending. Recommended more for little boys, I suspect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have' for all children's bookshelves! 23 Nov 2010
Ever had a child who wants to stay awake rather than go to bed? This could be the picture book that helps them to settle to sleep. After his parents turn out the lights, Oliver doesn't want to go to bed and instead plays in his room and imagines a great adventure to Mars. Throughout his imaginary journey he has a load of fun but realises after much thought that he really, really misses the comfort of his own bed and cuddly toys! This picture book is great for children with its infective rhyming scheme and wonderful illustrations. A 'must-have' for all children's bookshelves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bed time story 14 Jan 2014
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This book was bought for my son when he was one years old, he's now five; we still read it most nights as his last bedtime story, despite knowing it off by heart. Illustrations are wonderful and it feels like 'Oliver' is part of our family.
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