The Wee Hours come out while the little girl is sleeping and dreaming. Yes, the Wee Hours are characters and not just those hours that we would like to be sound asleep during each night. Each Wee Hour corresponds in age to the hour in the wee hours of the night that he or she comes out. They do things like pulling down books, stacking shoes, jumping on and off things creating some havoc in the child’s room. They also pull characters out of the girl’s dreams and play with them around the room. They have a lot of fun in those wee hours of the night while this child sleeps through it all. Her white cat, though, is wide awake and keeping watchful eye on all of this action. As the night moves closer to the early morning, the later Wee Hours are more mature and begin cleaning up the mess as those little ones begin to get sleepy. These older Wee Hours read a story and sing lullabies to lull those very early Wee Hours, the little ones, along with the dream animals, to sleep.
This is an especially fun book to read with your children. And while reading may take precedent, time must be given to look for the clocks as they change time, for numbers scattered around, and for other fun things to find and look at. It is an especially sweet nighttime story for those that are not afraid in the night. It also might be a way to help those that are afraid get over any fears while you, the comforting parent, reads this story and sings lullabies to one’s own child.
A WARNING though: Parents, read this book first and make sure your wee ones can handle this for if they worry about things in their rooms while they sleep, you will need to be prepared and prepare them. In most cases, I think it might help, but there will always be some who may become even more afraid. Just a warning.
I love the pastel artwork of Mary GrandPre in this book. She uses interesting colors like plum, turquoise, rose, various shades of greens, blues, and reds, making those Wee Hours and the other characters seem to come right off the page. As you can see by the cover, Ms. GrandPre is very talented.
Reading Level: 3 – 6 Years
Stephanie Watson is the author of two middle-grade novels, Elvis & Olive and Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives, both Junior Library Guild selections. She teaches writing workshops in schools and libraries, and teaches and performs theater improvisation. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is from.
You can find her @ www.stephanie-watson.com.
Mary GrandPre is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, the best known of which include the Harry Potter series. “When creating the artwork for The Wee Hours, she was inspired by the glowing, fantastical images in one of her favorite picture books from her childhood, Peter Pan.” She lives and works in Florida.
You can find Mary @ http://www.marygrandpre.com
- ISBN-13: 9781423140382
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publication date: 8/27/2013
- Pages: 40
- Product dimensions: 9.10 x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)
Originally, I reviewed this book in December, 2013.