A Book Of Sleep

Darn you, quiet books. I think I am falling in love.

This wide-awake owl graces the cover of Il Sung Na‘s darling A Book of Sleep. He doesn’t look very sleepy. Poor guy. I hope he has some nocturnal buddies to roam around with at night.

When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright,

Everyone goes to sleep…

…except for the watchful owl.

I have the board book version of A Book of Sleep, which is the perfect-cozy-bedtime size. {Yes, I am a grown woman. No, I don’t have children of my own. I can still appreciate a good bedtime story, right?! Don’t answer that. And don’t judge.} I imagine the full size hardback is even more gorgeous, with even larger illustrations to study and fawn over.

Because as we all know, you can’t ever go wrong with an elephant!


Each of Il Sung Na’s illustrations is a smorgasbord of texture. She uses texture as a method of shading her art. Layering small swirls, dots, hatchmark lines and splotches she creates shadows and darker areas. Gritty textures lay over each spread for a subtle indication of tactile feeling, without ever being too gritty or too messy.

This book is designed with sophisticated restraint that truly echoes the quietness of the story. All of the elements in A Book of Sleep balance in such a satisfying way, from the rich colors of the night to the unexpected whimsy in every detail. Beautiful and instantly timeless.

Now if I could just take some advice from these quiet books: shut up, rest, embrace community, be grateful, design well, and sleep!



  • Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    All I can think about is going to sleep. I just want this book to put me to sleep right now! Please. Pretty please.

  • Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Amen, sister! My alarm clock for tomorrow is already set for 3AM.