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Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all ove Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep. This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night. " "Have you ever struggled to help your child get to sleep and wished that you had a magical spell? Carl-Johan's enchanting book will soon have your young ones dreaming." " - Matt Hudson, Bestselling author and psychotherapist No need for How-to skills, it's as easy and simple as reading a normal bedtime story with improved language pattern that will help your child to relax and fall asleep. After massive feedback from parents all over the world it's safe to say that " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " is a quick and guaranteed way to help your child relax in the evening or during a nap. This children's book will with ease help your child to fall asleep, at the same time its fun for you to read a bedtime story that's written in a special compelling way. While reading the kids book you can also enjoy the lovely pictures that improves the sleep-inducing state of the bedtime story. " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " also gives you opportunities to personalize the story by using the child's name and commit them even more to the story. Make your evening routine to something special and loving; buy the " Rabbit Who Want's To Fall Asleep " today. " "Use the story about The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep when exciting things are happening, or when something temporarily makes it difficult for your child to fall asleep." " - Mikael Odhage, Psychologist


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Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all ove Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep. This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night. " "Have you ever struggled to help your child get to sleep and wished that you had a magical spell? Carl-Johan's enchanting book will soon have your young ones dreaming." " - Matt Hudson, Bestselling author and psychotherapist No need for How-to skills, it's as easy and simple as reading a normal bedtime story with improved language pattern that will help your child to relax and fall asleep. After massive feedback from parents all over the world it's safe to say that " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " is a quick and guaranteed way to help your child relax in the evening or during a nap. This children's book will with ease help your child to fall asleep, at the same time its fun for you to read a bedtime story that's written in a special compelling way. While reading the kids book you can also enjoy the lovely pictures that improves the sleep-inducing state of the bedtime story. " The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep " also gives you opportunities to personalize the story by using the child's name and commit them even more to the story. Make your evening routine to something special and loving; buy the " Rabbit Who Want's To Fall Asleep " today. " "Use the story about The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep when exciting things are happening, or when something temporarily makes it difficult for your child to fall asleep." " - Mikael Odhage, Psychologist

30 review for The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (KC)

    Although there is a slew of negative feedback for this one, I honestly don’t find this book to be entirely ineffective. My six year old daughter often has trouble falling asleep at night, and reading this book seems to do a fine job in calming her and aiding her off to dreamland. Please note: this works on my 39-year old husband who’s pretty much snoring away before I’ve finished the intro. (Also note: he could fall asleep to the sound of explosions.) This story begins with a rabbit who wants to Although there is a slew of negative feedback for this one, I honestly don’t find this book to be entirely ineffective. My six year old daughter often has trouble falling asleep at night, and reading this book seems to do a fine job in calming her and aiding her off to dreamland. Please note: this works on my 39-year old husband who’s pretty much snoring away before I’ve finished the intro. (Also note: he could fall asleep to the sound of explosions.) This story begins with a rabbit who wants to fall asleep but is having trouble—presenting an immediate situation to which your sleepless child can relate. There is no structured plot to follow that might spark a child’s interest; this story is basically a repetition of soothing mantras aimed to relax and not intrigue. There are instructions at the start, advising the reader to use a “fariytale voice”, and offering helpful ways to annunciate the texts presented in bold and italics, as well as when to pop in a contagious "yawn". There is also a warning that this story should be read out loud with CAUTION -- E.G. do not recite to anyone operating heavy machinery (because somewhere in the world such evil exists), and then there is a claim that the content is based on powerful psychological techniques for relaxation. The illustrations are few and far between, and although many have labeled them “creepy”, my daughter’s eyes are closed and have no view of them, anyway. But who really cares what *I* think? My daughter seems to feel comforted by this; she’ll ask me to read it, at times; it does help get her to sleep ... and, isn't that the ultimate goal? And fine, I’ll admit that I’ve fallen asleep mid-read, dropping my phone on my face more times than I can count, if you'd like me to ;) **Would highly recommend to tiny future insomniacs everywhere** Helpful advice from my friend Gemma on the audio version of this book, if the written version doesn't work for you:..."I bought the book and it did not work at all when I read it to my daughter who is 8 and struggles with sleep BUT the audio book was recommended to me and it has worked from night one of using. The narration is super soothing with a choice of male or female narrator. It also has contagious yawning in the audio which makes me yawn along downstairs. So if the written story isn't working for anyone give the audio a try. There is also a new elephant version if you wanted to mix it up a bit."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Franklin

    Granted, I did not read this to a child in an attempt to get them to go to sleep. However, I did read this book. And I found it to be creepy. Creepy a that sort of hypnotically, mind-controlling manipulating way that made me feel uneasy and unwilling to subject a child to this sort of thing. The story is dull and poorly told. The 'secret' behind this book is the guided spoken inflections and emphasis points that Ehrlin has throughout the book. This sort of structured reading is supposed to lull a Granted, I did not read this to a child in an attempt to get them to go to sleep. However, I did read this book. And I found it to be creepy. Creepy a that sort of hypnotically, mind-controlling manipulating way that made me feel uneasy and unwilling to subject a child to this sort of thing. The story is dull and poorly told. The 'secret' behind this book is the guided spoken inflections and emphasis points that Ehrlin has throughout the book. This sort of structured reading is supposed to lull a child into an irresistible sleepiness that should have them snoozing within minutes. Or not. Ehrlin states in his introduction that it might take more than one reading to get a child to succumb to drowsiness. (Personally, I can't imagine any child sitting still for this type of bad writing and forced vocalization.) Even if they do fall asleep quickly, Ehrlin suggests that you should continue to read the rest of the book aloud -- to what purpose I cannot imagine (unless there's some subliminal indoctrination going on). Ehrlin states that it is best to physically exhaust a child before trying to read them this book. That's a standard bit of bedtime parenting advice and more likely to produce the desired outcome than reading this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    What a weird book. I get the concept of it. I'm a fan of self-hypnosis and have used it in the births of my three children with success. (Trust me, I was always aware I was fricking in labor, but I kept calm and was able to birth medication-free.) I thought this might be a nice way to help my kids relax and fall asleep. As it turns out, it's a super boring book that's just bizarre, and it only sorta kinda worked on one kid. First of all, the marketing of it turned me off. Why not just say it's hyp What a weird book. I get the concept of it. I'm a fan of self-hypnosis and have used it in the births of my three children with success. (Trust me, I was always aware I was fricking in labor, but I kept calm and was able to birth medication-free.) I thought this might be a nice way to help my kids relax and fall asleep. As it turns out, it's a super boring book that's just bizarre, and it only sorta kinda worked on one kid. First of all, the marketing of it turned me off. Why not just say it's hypnosis and relaxation techniques? Why pretend it's some mystical new thing? Whatever. Secondly, I think some kids fall asleep because the story is a snooze fest. My four-year-old told me straight out it's boring and he won't let me read it again. It even turned him off some other good-night-themed books, maybe because their gentle repetition reminded him of the club-you-over-the-head repetition of this book. Thirdly, it needs translation help, like gangbusters. The author acts like the subpar sentence structure and wording is all intentional. I call bologna. An editor needs to go through and make it make sense in English. Fourth, the pictures and the story are creepy. Sleep tight, kids. As for how effective it was? I persevered through the whole boring thing, reading as directed with emphasis and multiple yawns (ugh). My kid kept interrupting me to ask why on earth the perspective kept shifting between the rabbit's story and his own (you're supposed to put the child's name in). GOOD QUESTION. I have no idea. It really took him out of the story, which was less than ideal in lulling him into sleep. He stayed awake through the whole thing, and then I still had to do the usual back scratch routine as he went to sleep. That said, he did go to sleep faster that night. I'd test it again, but (a) he won't let me because it's too boring and (b) I don't want to because it's too boring. The end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Good idea, but creepy, amateurish illustrations and a narratively clumsy, un-story-like text make this a big NO for me. As both a psychologist and a children's book collector, I can say that Yes, some of the words of the book might help induce sleep, as the author is basically using instructions similar to those used in relaxation exercises and hypnotic state inductions. But this could have been so much better done, and it HAS been better done. Check the Chinaberry Childrens book catalogue or th Good idea, but creepy, amateurish illustrations and a narratively clumsy, un-story-like text make this a big NO for me. As both a psychologist and a children's book collector, I can say that Yes, some of the words of the book might help induce sleep, as the author is basically using instructions similar to those used in relaxation exercises and hypnotic state inductions. But this could have been so much better done, and it HAS been better done. Check the Chinaberry Childrens book catalogue or the American Psychological Association's Magination Press. Don't buy this book, as I can't imagine it being a book a child would actually enjoy and want a parent to read to him or her.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teddi

    I bought the e-Book and the audiobook versions. My 3 year old couldn't care less but my 7 year old, who is very difficult for me to get to sleep, requests the audiobook nightly and enjoys falling asleep to it. I'd recommend the audiobook because I find the book tedious for *me* to read out loud every night. Edited: 1 month in and my 7 year old was asleep within 13 minutes for the audiobook. I bought the e-Book and the audiobook versions. My 3 year old couldn't care less but my 7 year old, who is very difficult for me to get to sleep, requests the audiobook nightly and enjoys falling asleep to it. I'd recommend the audiobook because I find the book tedious for *me* to read out loud every night. Edited: 1 month in and my 7 year old was asleep within 13 minutes for the audiobook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Hatley

    A great little book to read to your reluctant child/grandchild, who just can't get to sleep. I think now I'm going to read the English and German translations. A great little book to read to your reluctant child/grandchild, who just can't get to sleep. I think now I'm going to read the English and German translations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Louise George

    Found the story long and tedious and the illustrations a bit creepy. Tried a few times to see if it would help shorten bedtime but both girls disliked it and kept shouting "stop, Mummy!" whenever I tried to read it. Opinions I've heard on this book seem to be quite polarised - I would describe it as a Marmite book - you either love it or hate it. Sadly we are in the latter category. Found the story long and tedious and the illustrations a bit creepy. Tried a few times to see if it would help shorten bedtime but both girls disliked it and kept shouting "stop, Mummy!" whenever I tried to read it. Opinions I've heard on this book seem to be quite polarised - I would describe it as a Marmite book - you either love it or hate it. Sadly we are in the latter category.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chumofchance

    Utterly brilliant. Ehrlin's commentary on modern parent's coercive tendencies is both chilling and broadly satirical. Here there is rather disturbing narrative exposing the way parents routinely insult their children's intelligence, and in doing so show their own intellectual limitations. In the most real way possible, 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' reveals to us the hellscape of childhood, where children are stripped of all agency even over their own emotions and mental states, and forced Utterly brilliant. Ehrlin's commentary on modern parent's coercive tendencies is both chilling and broadly satirical. Here there is rather disturbing narrative exposing the way parents routinely insult their children's intelligence, and in doing so show their own intellectual limitations. In the most real way possible, 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' reveals to us the hellscape of childhood, where children are stripped of all agency even over their own emotions and mental states, and forced to suffer the torments of so-called experts with their dubious quackeries and less-than-wholesome attention. Extra point for the fact that, at least from the stern warning at the front that 'the author is not responsible for the outcome', this book is clearly some kind of Necronomicon or something.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marya

    Wow this is awful. The pictures are ok, but the text is long and chunky and full of crazy typography with seemingly random words put in bold or italics. I know this was not written in English originally, but this translation looks like something even Google translate could top. Sentences lurch from past to present and from one subject to two subjects and from fragments to run-ons and all of it is mixed in with just plain old fashioned it doesn't sound like a native speaker expressions. I can gue Wow this is awful. The pictures are ok, but the text is long and chunky and full of crazy typography with seemingly random words put in bold or italics. I know this was not written in English originally, but this translation looks like something even Google translate could top. Sentences lurch from past to present and from one subject to two subjects and from fragments to run-ons and all of it is mixed in with just plain old fashioned it doesn't sound like a native speaker expressions. I can guess that the way this book "works" is by guiding children through a relaxing meditation--- or by simply boring them into sleep. Any book read in a lulling tone will do the same thing, and any guided mediation CD will cover the same "first relax your feet...then your toes...now your arms" etc. content. The only difference is you won't be wincing at the grammar and you won't feel like a creepy Amazing Kreskin hypnotizing your offspring. Maybe everything got lost in translation?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Desertorum

    Yes I did get sleepy :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    St. Gerard Expectant Mothers

    I'm suffering from insomnia and obviously I don't want to be addicted to prescription sleeping pills so what's a guy like me to do? Well read The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep which guarantees that all children will fall asleep after reading it. Therefore, I did. I read through this God-awful book and fell asleep from this stupid drawn-out plot and the creepfest drawings that is sure to keep me awake at night now! Thank you Mr. Ehrlin! Once again whoever thought publishing this to an mainstream I'm suffering from insomnia and obviously I don't want to be addicted to prescription sleeping pills so what's a guy like me to do? Well read The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep which guarantees that all children will fall asleep after reading it. Therefore, I did. I read through this God-awful book and fell asleep from this stupid drawn-out plot and the creepfest drawings that is sure to keep me awake at night now! Thank you Mr. Ehrlin! Once again whoever thought publishing this to an mainstream audience was a good idea must have been smoking pot because the illustrations are terrible. I mean it looks like you're tripping on acid to think that the pictures are even attractive to children. Plus, the text is structured as one long dry paragraph that it's no wonder you're getting kids to sleep. They're so bored from the story that they'd rather suffocate on their pillow than think this makes good children's literature. Sad to say this was a self-published title that somehow got in the hands of some drunk agent or publisher who marketed this piece of shite to the general public. It's so bad that even E. L. James would think this is a masterpiece and that's from someone who wrote that crapfest Fifty Shades trilogy. My advice is to stay away! Stay very far away!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna Nesterovich

    Scrolling down the book's page on Goodreads I found that first several reviews start with a word 'creepy', and I totally agree! This 'new way of getting children to sleep' consists of reading incredibly boring stories with repetitive phrases meant to hypnotize the kid. The foreword says that if it didn't work the first time, just read it again. Great, just read an incredibly boring story several times and, bingo, the kid is asleep! In my world, the bed time is the time for imagination, for intere Scrolling down the book's page on Goodreads I found that first several reviews start with a word 'creepy', and I totally agree! This 'new way of getting children to sleep' consists of reading incredibly boring stories with repetitive phrases meant to hypnotize the kid. The foreword says that if it didn't work the first time, just read it again. Great, just read an incredibly boring story several times and, bingo, the kid is asleep! In my world, the bed time is the time for imagination, for interesting stories, for some time together, for reflecting on the day, and many other things, but definetely not for... that. I don't know a good word to describe what this book is supposed to do. There is no meaningful story in it, to think about and to compare with, no interesting pictures, nothing at all. If you say 'sleep, sleep, sleep...' long enough, it would have the same effect. Sometimes, very rarely, I need my kid to go to sleep faster, but even then I wouldn't read this. I'd choose some authobiography or other non-fiction, boring for the kid, but interesting for me. Works every time. By the way, this 'new way of getting children to sleep' doesn't work. I honestly tried!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tortla

    The italicized soft-sleepy voice and repeated yawns and inclusions of the name of the child's name just struck me as...transparently manipulative. Which I guess is not problematic when you're desperately trying to get your kid to go to sleep. But how exactly do those repeated "now"s come across as anything but jolting demands?? The italicized soft-sleepy voice and repeated yawns and inclusions of the name of the child's name just struck me as...transparently manipulative. Which I guess is not problematic when you're desperately trying to get your kid to go to sleep. But how exactly do those repeated "now"s come across as anything but jolting demands??

  14. 5 out of 5

    John (Dad of Dragons, so less time to read these days!)

    Great book, especially the audio version in audible for anyone to fall asleep to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I tried to listen to this a few nights ago to help me fall asleep, but I found it too creepy. I listened to this today in the daytime and it’s still creepy. The audiobook tells the story twice - once with a male narrator, then female. The female narrator does a better jobs with the voices, keeping her tone even, and is less creepy overall. But there’s no way I’m reading my kid a story about going to visit an uncle who can make them fall asleep by using a magic powder 🤨🤨

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    It helped my girl relax and settle in. It didn’t matter what the story and pictures were, what mattered was that it provided a no-brainer/no-energy way for me to use a soothing voice and relax her during bedtime. At one point she said “if I close my eyes I can’t see the pictures”...completely unprompted. I doubt she’ll choose to read this that often but if we can make it part of bedtime routine, I bet it will help her get to sleep faster with very little effort from me. I’ll take it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Littlejohn

    Who named Roger Rabbit? The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is an unusual book for children designed to help them fall asleep. It will also make you want to be put to sleep. Slogging through this creepy, repetitive story is at its best like watching an ineffective hypnotist. At its worst, it's like being stabbed in the head. Besides the plot, prose, artwork and pacing, one of the biggest problems I had with the book is the protagonist's name: Roger. Roger the Rabbit? Really?? The author couldn't Who named Roger Rabbit? The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is an unusual book for children designed to help them fall asleep. It will also make you want to be put to sleep. Slogging through this creepy, repetitive story is at its best like watching an ineffective hypnotist. At its worst, it's like being stabbed in the head. Besides the plot, prose, artwork and pacing, one of the biggest problems I had with the book is the protagonist's name: Roger. Roger the Rabbit? Really?? The author couldn't come up with a different name for his cartoon rabbit??? How about Riley? Ricky? Rhianna? How about anything but the same name as one of the most famous rabbits in animated history? If the author hasn't been sued yet for trademark infringement by the men who originally framed Roger Rabbit, it's only because they bludgeoned themselves while attempting to read his book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Allowing for the fact that the book is not primarily a bedtime story in the usual sense, this was the most soul destroying way of ruining the bedtime story experience I have yet come across. Having picked a night when my toddler was very tired, by the end of the story he was still awake whilst I was nearly comotose with boredom. Whether it was due to clumsy translation or necessary hypnotic style it was extremely awkward and mind numbingly boring to read. Although my son did ask for the rabbit Allowing for the fact that the book is not primarily a bedtime story in the usual sense, this was the most soul destroying way of ruining the bedtime story experience I have yet come across. Having picked a night when my toddler was very tired, by the end of the story he was still awake whilst I was nearly comotose with boredom. Whether it was due to clumsy translation or necessary hypnotic style it was extremely awkward and mind numbingly boring to read. Although my son did ask for the rabbit book a few days later I would rather it took him 2 hours to fall asleep for the next 10 years than read that book again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    I really wish this book was real. I guess I knew the moment I read it that there is no possible way a random book can guarantee a sleep, but as any desperate parent would and does I snapped it up. It does almost put me to sleep (if my child wasn't screaming next to me) with all the planned pauses, yawns and word repetition which I totally see how its expected to work, but along with I imagine very many other families, my child simply doesn't enjoy the story so begins fussing pretty much immediate I really wish this book was real. I guess I knew the moment I read it that there is no possible way a random book can guarantee a sleep, but as any desperate parent would and does I snapped it up. It does almost put me to sleep (if my child wasn't screaming next to me) with all the planned pauses, yawns and word repetition which I totally see how its expected to work, but along with I imagine very many other families, my child simply doesn't enjoy the story so begins fussing pretty much immediately that I find much better success easing him off to sleep with multiple shorter works that he actually liked. Great idea, waste of money.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cosette

    Genius - need to get the audio version programmed with my 13 year old's name in it - "now, go to sleep, now." Epic Although it was a bit creepy how easily it worked. Gonna try varying it a bit tomorrow, "now, think of all the many things your parents have given you. Think up five different ways to tell them you are grateful. Now." FYI: this book is not effective on 11 or 13 year old boys. Genius - need to get the audio version programmed with my 13 year old's name in it - "now, go to sleep, now." Epic Although it was a bit creepy how easily it worked. Gonna try varying it a bit tomorrow, "now, think of all the many things your parents have given you. Think up five different ways to tell them you are grateful. Now." FYI: this book is not effective on 11 or 13 year old boys.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    Not sure how to rate this book. It is poorly written, with shifts in point-of-view and verb tense throughout. There is no story arc. The illustrations add nothing to the text, other than additional sleep references. But reading it did make me sleepy, which is the intended function of the book. Then again, I always fall asleep on boring books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Haven't yet read this, but plan to. Sounds like a perfect companion book (for children) to include in a family gift pack containing also Go the F*ck to Sleep (for the parents). Haven't yet read this, but plan to. Sounds like a perfect companion book (for children) to include in a family gift pack containing also Go the F*ck to Sleep (for the parents).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth Trzebiatowski

    The word and vowel sound repetition is hypnotic and helps my four-year-old son wind down enough to go to sleep. Yes, the story is terrible and the grammar is worse but it does what it says on the tin and helps induce a calmer state of mind so my kiddo (and I) can get some rest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Holden

    Language wise It's a bit awkward to read - almost as if it's a bad translation. I can see how it works though. There's lots of repetition and directed relaxation. Language wise It's a bit awkward to read - almost as if it's a bad translation. I can see how it works though. There's lots of repetition and directed relaxation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Ditzler

    Tedious to read, but reinforces all the relaxation techniques I was trying to teach my daughter before the book came along. I think that's why it's effective for her. Tedious to read, but reinforces all the relaxation techniques I was trying to teach my daughter before the book came along. I think that's why it's effective for her.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bree Decker

    I read it to a four-year-old after reading a handful of other books, and it actually did help him fall asleep. It's a tedious read, though; I wanted to fall asleep myself. I read it to a four-year-old after reading a handful of other books, and it actually did help him fall asleep. It's a tedious read, though; I wanted to fall asleep myself.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Yes, this book is weird. The pictures are a bit creepy, and the translation is weak. But it has changed my life. My children aged 7 and 5 ask for it every night and now actually go to sleep.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick Jones

    Though you will not find the word hypnosis on the back cover, introduction, story text, or author blurb, that is what the text of this book literally is (or "guided meditation" if you prefer), using all of the typical phrasing and cadence of a hypnotic induction with some neuro-linguistic programming language to boot. That's precisely why the language is, to quote some other reviewers, "creepy," "bizarre," "boring," "odd," "dire," "horrifying," "incoherent," "dull," "mind-controlling," "weird," Though you will not find the word hypnosis on the back cover, introduction, story text, or author blurb, that is what the text of this book literally is (or "guided meditation" if you prefer), using all of the typical phrasing and cadence of a hypnotic induction with some neuro-linguistic programming language to boot. That's precisely why the language is, to quote some other reviewers, "creepy," "bizarre," "boring," "odd," "dire," "horrifying," "incoherent," "dull," "mind-controlling," "weird," "awkward," "crazy," "stilted," "wacky," "excruciating ," "chilling," "meandering," "awful," "unusual," "repetitive," "strange," "dry," "monotonous," "slogging," "confusing," "spooky," "coercive," "stupid," "disappointing," "soul destroying," "eerie," "pointless," "brain-washing," "manipulative," "goofy," "clunky," "mind-numbing," "tedious ," and "almost as demoralizing as The Last Jedi." Some of those assessments are purely a function of how hypnosis works. If you're writing a story with exciting prose, it's not going to be terribly effective at helping somebody sleep. It's also in large part up to the person reading it to present the text effectively in order to get the story to work, if you're stumbling over the unusual prose or you clearly hate the book and are reading it as a wellspring of hate that erupts from your mouth, you won't get results. Even if read properly, the ability to go along with guided meditation is a skill, and if your kid doesn't sleep to this the first time they might have better luck the second, or third, or tenth. Some people seem to be raising ethical questions regarding this book, but the "manipulative" qualities are getting blown out of proportion, given that it's solely designed to aid children in falling asleep (this isn't "The Rabbit Who Wants to Give Me Their Life Savings"). What needs to be clear to anybody this is getting read to, child or adult, is that it is intended to help them get to sleep, and they need to be on board with that. If a parent is clandestinely trying to hypnotize their child that's an entirely different matter morally, and covert hypnosis is discouraged by all mainstream hypnotists for a good reason. So if your kid is on board with having a "creepy," etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, story read to them to help them sleep, this might work. Maybe. Or maybe they can't get in the right mindset because of how it's read or the specific language used and it'll make theit sleep issues worse. Really, if you're going to buy a book about hypnosis to help your kid sleep, you may as well just get one that's aimed at teaching the reader hypnosis so you can come up with your own shtick.

  29. 4 out of 5

    sabioandmom

    So..., there are days when it was difficult for Sabio to fall asleep at bedtime. You know, there is no method that always works with children. Because they are humans, not robots. And those days, when Sabioandmom's bedtime reading ritual didn't work as it used to be, came several years ago. Mom found this book at a local bookstore, her hope became slightly higher because of the "#1 bestseller" label. Moreover, its story sounded so perfect to be a bedtime story. It was about a little rabbit called So..., there are days when it was difficult for Sabio to fall asleep at bedtime. You know, there is no method that always works with children. Because they are humans, not robots. And those days, when Sabioandmom's bedtime reading ritual didn't work as it used to be, came several years ago. Mom found this book at a local bookstore, her hope became slightly higher because of the "#1 bestseller" label. Moreover, its story sounded so perfect to be a bedtime story. It was about a little rabbit called Roger who really wanted to fall asleep but couldn't. While his siblings and father had fallen asleep, Mommy Rabbit took Roger and the children (who listen to this story) to see Uncle Yawn, the world's kindest wizard, so he could help Roger. On their way, they met Sleepy Snail, and also Heavy-Eyed Owl. This book is designed to be read-aloud for the children, who need to fall asleep. There are instructions to the reader, such as bold text means the reader should that text; and italic text means he/she should read it with a slow and calm voice, etc. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Mom became exhausted reading it, she was the one who almost fell asleep. Meanwhile, Sabio wasn't sleepy at all. Apparently, the to-the-point story made him more cautious. "What's this? Is my mom tricking me to make me fall asleep? Oh no, I don't want to sleep yet", his eyes wide open.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karisa

    I hate this book. I gave it one star only because zero stars looks like I didn't rate it at all. I actually don't mind the illustrations (which some other reviewers have complained about), or that it's a boring story (duh, you're trying to get the kids to sleep, right?), and I don't mind that it's basically intended to be hypnosis/relaxation techniques for children - hey, whatever works, I'm into it. So why do I hate it so much? The writing is TERRIBLE. This book is jam-packed full of incomplete I hate this book. I gave it one star only because zero stars looks like I didn't rate it at all. I actually don't mind the illustrations (which some other reviewers have complained about), or that it's a boring story (duh, you're trying to get the kids to sleep, right?), and I don't mind that it's basically intended to be hypnosis/relaxation techniques for children - hey, whatever works, I'm into it. So why do I hate it so much? The writing is TERRIBLE. This book is jam-packed full of incomplete sentences, poor grammar, verb tenses that change mid-sentence, and just general awkwardness. Reading this thing aloud (which is the idea) takes like 20 excruciating minutes of slogging through horribly written pages of boringness. I don't mind that it's boring. I get that it's supposed to be boring. But I don't think that hypnosis or guided relaxation requires poor grammar in order to be effective. And I guess all this wouldn't be enough for me to hate it, I'd just give it a star or two on Goodreads and get rid of it... except that my oldest child likes the idea of a book that's supposed to help her fall asleep so she keeps requesting it. Even though it sucks. And having read it at least 10 times now, well, I hate it.

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