Shhh! by Barroux is a rather adorable little nighttime story for kids that is meant to help them fall asleep at night. Supposedly. And I think, depending on how a parent chooses to read it to their little ones, it can do precisely that. But it is by no means my favorite bedtime book. In an almost similar fashion to Goodnight Moon, Shhh! takes readers on a journey through a bunch of creatures and things that are all going to bed.
I had an enjoyable time reading this book and deeply enjoyed some of the illustrations, particularly that of the giraffes; no spoilers, everyone, but the way they’re pictured sleeping is utterly adorable. In addition, I found the commentary on the sheep rather hilarious. Of course, that last bit I don’t fully expect most young children to get the humor of.
All in all, it’s a pretty cute bedtime story. There’s nothing incredibly remarkable about it and I do wish that the phrase “shhh” had been used a bit more often as I feel that would have been more in line with the title and the vague “promise” that the book will get all the little ones to sleep. I dunno, I just feel like saying “shhh” repeatedly in a soft and whispery tone is likely to put anyone to sleep. Or maybe that’s just me.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.