Audrey Wood wrote this fun book in 1984.  The illustrations are by her husband, Don Wood.  It has sold over 1.6 million copies since then.  This latest version (the cover above) is the Happy Birthday – 25 years version.  It has a CD with a reading and six original songs.  The new book cover utilizes digital technology.

This cumulative tale is one of my favorite read-aloud story time books.  Catching the rhythm as the reader, this story just grabs me, making it such fun to read.  The listeners are loving it too.  We all end up with smiles on our faces just like the characters on the pages of The Napping House.

Don Wood’s illustrations fill each page with expressions of Grandma snoring, Grandson smiling while he naps, lively colors, deep folds in the sheets and clothing, plus twists and turns in the way each naps atop one another.  There is a grandmother, a grandson, a dog, a cat, a mouse, and a flea.  Once the flea enters the bedroom scene, and after it has napped a bit, the havoc begins.  Not only am I reading this silly and entertaining book out loud with enthusiasm but I am looking for that tiny flea from page to page.

After twenty-five years, it is still on the top of the reading list and will be a favorite for another generation or three, I am sure.

ALA Notable Children’s Book
New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year
Golden Kite Award winner
California Young Reader Medal winner
Booklist Editors’ Choice

Reading Level: 4 – 6 Years

Audrey Wood and Don Wood, a wife and husband team, often collaborate on books for children.  Audrey writes; Don writes and illustrates. They have written Piggies, Heckedy Peg, Silly Sally, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, a Caldecott Honor Book, Piggy Pie Po, and many more.  The Woods live in Hawaii.  You can find them both @  http://www.audreywood.com/

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9780152567088
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.34 (d)

9471003_origThis book jacket was the original cover from 1984 until the 25th birthday version came out (which is the one at the top).


This review was originally published on my first blog in September, 2013.


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