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Saturday, February 16, 2013

No Nighty-Night! Go To Sleep! (Max & Milo) by Heather and EthaLong

"GOODNIGHT, MAX!"

"GOODNIGHT, MILO!"

MILO COULDN'T SLEEP. "MAX! WAKE UP! I CAN'T SLEEP!"

Beaver brothers Max and Milo look as alike as two peas in a pod, but that's where the similarity ends. Max is a neatnik, with his side of the bedroom as spare as a monk's cell. Milo's side? Not so much. Lying in his tangled covers, littered with paper airplanes, toys, and cast-off clothes, Milo can't seem to join his sibling is somnolence. Drowsy Max is out like a light; wired Milo lies there with eyes wide open. "Max!!!!"

When the sleepy Max arouses long enough to suggest counting sheep, he falls back into slumber while Mile tries that remedy. No luck. Milo wakes him again.

"WHY DON'T YOU READ A BOOK?"

"GOOD IDEA!"

Max is lost in slumberland, while Milo tries to find the right bedtime book.

"READ THAT ONE... TOO LONG!... TOO SCARY!... TOO SHORT!... TOO SAD!"


"MAX!"

And so it goes. Max suggests a flashlight. Milo rigs an elaborate flashlight holder, but then finds he's too hot to get to sleep. Grumbling and sleepily mumbling, Max manages to suggest a fan. Then Milo gets thirsty. Milo can't sleep, and now Max can't sleep either!

Heather and Ethan Long's just-published Max & Milo Go to Sleep! (Aladdin, 2013) chronicles the bedtime struggles of two brothers who are definitely never on the same page, sleepwise or otherwise. Told cartoon-style, in panels of different sizes and narrated through balloons, this sleepy-time story will keep kids awake long enough to find out if the two will ever get any shuteye. Ethan Long's comic characters are goofy-looking but still familiar to any pair of roommates who have shared a room but not personalities. "Laugh out loud fun!" says Kirkus

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