Thursday 15 October 2015

'The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep' book review

We were recently sent a copy of 'The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep' book to review. The book hadn't been released in the UK when we were sent it so we were sent a copy/proof type version.

The book is written by a Swedish author and it promises to help children fall asleep at bedtime.  The story is written with clever sentencing and hypnotic words that are supposed to have your children nodding off in no time at all. There are certain words that are in bold which you have to emphasize more.

The story is about a rabbit called Roger who wants to fall asleep but he can't. He struggles to fall asleep because he is thinking too much about falling asleep. His mum suggests that they visit their uncle yawn who is a wizard. On their way they meet characters, sleepy snail and heavy eyed owl, who also have advice on how to fall asleep.

I have to be honest and say that we haven't got on with the book at all. I'm unsure whether this is due to the fact that we are trying to read it as a proof or not. Eva normally likes to look at the book as i'm reading it and she is not able to do it with this one properly. She doesn't find the images very captivating but I wonder whether this is all part of the experience of getting children to sleep. They are not bright or cheerful in any way but maybe that is the desire. 

I've read the story to her on a number of occasions and she has not fallen asleep. I think your child has to be dropping off already for the desired effect. Eva likes to have a few books before bed so perhaps if we read this one last, it may actually work. She doesn't like the story at all and I think it's because of the way it is worded. She can't seem to relate to Roger the rabbit or any of the other characters. It is not capturing her imagination but again this must all be part of why the book sends children to sleep. She gets confused by the fact that the book references her and Roger trying to fall asleep. Perhaps she is simply to young for it.

The book is a bestseller so I wouldn't not recommend it as it's obviously working for some people. The reviews on amazon are very mixed. It is rated an average of 3.5 stars but if you read the reviews people either absolutely love it or completely hate it. Some people say it has their children dropping off within reading a few pages, others have said that they feel their child has dropped off through boredom. Just because it hasn't worked for Eva, doesn't mean it won't work for your child. 

Have you read it or heard about it before?


  1. Havent heard of it but seems a good idea for young children.I have more of a problem getting mine up than to fall asleep haha.

  2. I am in desperate need of this book. My 2 year son doesn't want to sleep till 1 in the night. No matter how hard we try, we can't seem to change his schedule.

  3. Such a shame it isn't working for you, like you say the fact that it is a proof may be part of the problem, children like 'proper' books!

  4. I wonder if this book will also send the adult who is reading it to sleep ;)


  5. I've seen so many pictures/reviews recommending this. I wonder the same as catherine lol. thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  6. I wanna rabbit adter reading your review

  7. I reviewed this too and we had the proof as well. I found it odd to read, it took a while for me to get used to reading it. The first time I read it to LP (who is 6 years old) he didn't fall asleep but he did settle. LP is a lively child and it takes him a while to settle at bedtime. Each time I've read this it's had more of an effect on LP and he does like the story. He does settle and has even closed his eyes once or twice by the end of the story.

    I'm not sure whether it's boredom, LP doesn't tend to fall asleep if he's bored he gets more agitated and fidgety. No, this works for us, even with the proof. :)



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