Richie's Picks: STOP SNORING, BERNARD! by
Zachariah O'Hora, Henry Holt, April 2011, 32p., ISBN:
"It's raining, it's pouring,
The old man is snoring."
-- Traditional nursery rhyme
I snore. I always have, and I figure I always will. I've
snored as a kid, as a teen, and as an adult. When I was but
knee-high to a grasshopper, I'd often wake up in the morning all alone. All of
my stuffed animals would have finally given up in the middle of the night and
headed next-door to my sister's room in order to get some peace and
I come from a line of snoring guys -- my paternal line. When I
was young, visiting my grandparents over vacations, my grandfather and I would
perform nighttime duets that might easily be mistaken for the soundtrack to
Which is why I am so empathetic to the plight of Bernard, the
"Bernard loved living at the zoo. He loved mealtime, playtime,
and best of all...
"But there was one little problem. Bernard
One afternoon at naptime, Grumpy Giles had had enough. 'Snore
somewhere else, Bernard!' he said."
And so Bernard heads off in search of alternative sleeping
arrangements. But he disturbs the alligators in the lake; he disturbs the
giraffes by the fountain; he disturbs the elephants near the puddle; and he
would have disturbed the bats in the cave (where there is a subterranean pool)
except that they don't sleep at night.
What's a poor little otter to do? Fortunately, Bernard's otter friends miss him and come to bring him
Zachariah O'Hora's acrylic illustrations are exceptionally
expressive and fun. I couldn't help but smile when the mama elephant dumps a
trunkful of water on the hapless otter.
Hopefully, that won't happen to me.