The Insomniacs

The Insomniacs can’t quite function the same way other families do during the day. But when Mrs. Insomniac’s new job takes them all the way around the world, their jet lag turns out to be a blessing in disguise—they start to sleep during the day and stay awake during the night! After all, there are plenty of other creatures in the world who snuggle down for bedtime as the sun rises. Why shouldn’t people do the same?

Debut children’s author Karina Wolf’s story is charming and atmospheric. The Insomniacs are, understandably, different from other families, and their story has a certain appropriately unique tang that makes it especially memorable. Moonlight-infused illustrations from The Brothers Hilts (yes, they’re really brothers) elevate this book from a great read aloud to a perfect book for young readers to flip through on their own—there are oodles of cool details to pore over. Fans of Oliver Jeffers’ offbeat, heartwarming style will love this delightful new picture book!

Read on, readers!

Miss Megan

The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf, illus. by The Brothers Hilts; Putnam (Penguin); Ages 3-7

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