HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: What Do You Do…With Your Hands at Night?
Author: Daisy Cromwell
Illustrators: Cameron L. Paxton and Bethany Blankenship
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Related website: http://www.daisycromwell.com (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 2-6
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Cromwell, Daisy. What Do You Do…With Your Hands at Night? (published in 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). Have you ever gone to sleep at night with your hands in one position, woke up with them in a totally different position, and wondered how they got there? This delightful kids’ bedtime story asks a very important question. “When you say your prayers, and climb into bed, fluff up your pillow, and lay down your head, what do you do with your hands at night?” Some of us may lay them back on the pillow, or put them under the covers, or put them under our heads, or lay them across our chests, or put them at our sides, or fold them under our faces. But is there something else special that children might do with their hands when they’re trying to go to sleep?
Without giving away the secret, I shall just say that youngsters will absolutely love this book. Even though both of our boys are grown, or nearly grown, I certainly remember when they were younger and going through the stage described in What Do You Do…With Your Hands at Night? In fact, I can still recall when I was doing the same thing as a child. Author Daisy Cromwell, who has also written Arthur the Talking Goat and Arthur’s Friend Hazel the Hen, has masterfully captured one of the joys of childhood. And the illustrations by Cameron Paxton, who is Daisy’s grandson, and Bethany Blankenship are really cute. Not only do I think that kids will like the book, but I think that their parents will like it too.