Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

Poor Mr. Bear. When Mrs. Bear’s loud snores prevent him from falling asleep in their bed, Mr. Bear decides to find somewhere else to sleep. Alas, no matter which part of the house he goes, peace and, consequently, sleep continue to evade him.

The simple but engaging text makes good use of onomatopoeia to convey the various noises keeping Mr. Bear awake, while the warm, detailed illustrations of a restless Mr. Bear wandering around the house draw the reader right into the story.

As anyone who has ever suffered from insomnia — or anyone with young children, for that matter — can empathise, a good night’s rest is priceless. And, sometimes, when you’re the only one in the household who is having trouble sleeping, it can feel like the universe is conspiring against you. That last scene in particular is hilariously — and depressingly — true to life, and seems to have been created in solidarity with sleep-deprived parents, ha!

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