Buglette the Messy Sleeper

Buglette the Messy Sleeper
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May 10, 2011
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All sleepers will adore Buglette—a tidy little bug by day, a messy little sleeper at night. That's when she tosses and turns and kicks and flips while she dreams of doing BIG things like building mountains and kicking balls over the moon. Her quirky habit annoys her family—after all, what if her messy sleeping wakes the scary crow?—until her big dreams help her to save the day. Whimsical watercolor illustrations of a ladybug family and an endearing story about being different, dreaming big, and learning to be brave will appeal to children with wild imaginations—messy sleepers or not.

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Buglette, a small ladybug, tosses in her sleep. She rolls, she turns, she kicks. Despite her normally neat nick ways, Buglette is a messy sleeper. In her dreams, she does amazing things. She builds mountains and swings on the trapeze, but she wakes up to a mess. Her family worries that Buglette’s messy sleeping will wake the crow, so her siblings hatch a plan to hide Buglette away. But can big dreams be contained? Or will they cause big trouble?

This sweet bedtime story features vibrant, enticing water color illustrations. A tale meant for the young (read: the under kindergarten set), older children may find Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia “babyish,” but its intended market will find it soothing and pleasant. Restless sleepers will recognize themselves in the lovable Buglette and cheer for her as she rescues her skeptical family. A few sinister moments pop up during the course of the tale but Murguia handles them adroitly so the scenes are neither too frightening nor too insipid.
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