Dorothee de Monfreid has published dozens of children's books and comics. Her children's musical has been performed throughout France and she is an accomplished ukulele player. Dorothee lives and works in Paris. Dorothee de Monfreid has published dozens of children's books and comics. Her children's musical has been performed throughout France and she is an accomplished ukulele player. Dorothee lives and works in Paris.
"If the Marx Brothers had been eight dogs instead of five men, they might've put together a skit like the one featured in this droll story from de Monfried (The Cake). Two four-story bunk beds flank each spread, with a dog in each bed; Popov is snoring up a storm, so Nono climbs into Misha's bed for a story, waking the other dogs, who trade toys and glasses of water before all ending up piled up in a single bed together. The dogs' prickly personalities, de Monfried's enthusiastic cartooning, and an innately goofy premise deliver laughs with every page turn."--starred, Publishers Weekly--Journal
"Kids and parents alike will relate to this humorous family story. Eight dogs in two tall bunk beds are sound asleep when Nono is awakened by another dog's snoring. Unable to fall asleep, he asks to climb up to Misha's bunk for a story, and their conversation wakes Pedro. As the story continues, the other dogs awake one by one. Each cartoon spread shows the same bedroom scene with a window in the center and a four-person bunk bed on each side. The ink and watercolor illustrations bring amusing detail to the story, and children will enjoy watching the characters move through the static background as the tale progresses. The narrative is delivered entirely through speech bubbles. As each character awakens, the light above his bed flips on, drawing readers' attention. VERDICT A sweet and satisfying bedtime story."--School Library Journal--Journal
"Originally published in New Zealand, this title demonstrates how hard sleeping through the night can be, especially with seven friends in the room! The folio dimensions--tall and narrow--of this board book provide an ideal canvas for the funny and all-too-familiar bedtime antics that take center stage here. The basic setup remains constant: two towering bunk beds, with four beds each, dominate the space, a simple lamp above each sleeping space. To begin, all the lights are off and all the beds are filled, but someone is snoring and keeping someone else awake. Turn the page and click--a light above the wakeful pup snaps on, and speech bubbles appear: "Are you asleep, Misha? Popov's making so much noise." The pups begin to wake one by one, all except snoring Popov, wanting one another's toys or some water or to sleep in someone else's bed. Before long, they all end up in Misha's bed listening to a story and falling asleep in a big snoring heap on the top bunk, leaving poor Popov to wonder where they've all gone. While minimal speech bubbles help convey some action, much of the plot is to be discovered in the funny, detail-rich illustrations, which children will enjoy poring over again and again. It's visually complex enough to make the usual board-book audience of babies and young toddlers a tad too young to appreciate it. Older toddlers and preschoolers will relate to these not-so-sleepy pups and delight in their evening escapades."--Kirkus Reviews--Journal