The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed
Publisher: Orchard Books
Lola doesn't like going to bed. She'll be bright and cheerful even up to 13 o'clock, or so she tells her long-suffering big brother Charlie, who has the task of putting her to sleep. Luckily, Charlie's imagination is just as fanciful as Lola's, making the bedtime routine so much fun she can't resist going along with it: drinking pink milk with tigers, brushing her teeth with a toothbrush-eating lion, having a bath with a whale and borrowing a pair of pyjamas from two dancing dogs.
As ever, Lauren Child's genius at following the imaginative logic of children is spot on in this funny yet reassuring book about bedtime. Great fun for little ones who can identify with the definitely-not-sleepy Lola, and for parents looking for a clever and original bedtime book.