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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Up For Days by Keenan Hopson is the story of a little boy, Jeffrey, who complains of hearing noises from his closet and outside and cannot sleep. His mother opens the closet and cannot find anything and she finds nothing outside too. He hears different kinds of noises from under his bed and he is way past his bedtime. Jeffrey cannot sleep so he paces left and right, tries to check his entire room all over again to see if there any cowboys in his closet or aliens on the roof. Will Jeffrey be able to sleep after all this?
The book has an excellent message for young readers and the concept is good. The illustrations are wonderful and they capture Jeffrey's emotions and fears nicely. Parents will find it a perfect story to read at bedtime, especially if they have children like Jeffrey who imagine things and cannot sleep. It is good for classroom reading sessions as teachers will be aware of children like Jeffrey in their class. The author narrates the story in a simple and elegant manner, making it easy for readers to comprehend the concept easily. Stories with good messages and concepts are ideal for parents to read out to their children as learning with the help of stories and pictures is easy when compared to other methods of making them understand. Jeffrey’s problems are real and relatable and children will be able to identify immediately with his woes while going to sleep.