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Sleepy Bird

Sleepy Bird

by Jeremy Tankard

ISBN 9781338157857 Hardcover
32 Pages | Ages 3 to 5
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It's bedtime, but Bird wants to play! Sound familiar?


Bird’s friends are getting ready for bed, but Bird isn’t ready to sleep. His wings want to flap. His legs want to run. All of him wants to play. “Whee!” says Bird. “It’s party time!” He tries to coax his pals into joining his fun, but they are tired and want to sleep. They offer to settle Bird with their bedtime rituals — reading a book, cuddling a stuffed animal, singing a lullaby — but he just ramps UP with every suggestion.

Finally, after exhausting all possibilities and tiring himself with a signature meltdown, he collapses into slumber. . . at least for a little while.

Spirited kids and exhausted parents will laugh their way to happy dreams in this hilarious and relatable take on bedtime, which  as only the witty and warm Jeremy Tankard could create.

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Praise for Hungry Bird:

 “Fans of the other Bird books (Boo Hoo BirdGrumpy Bird) will delight in this latest addition to the series, which contains all the Tankard hallmarks readers look forward to: visually stimulating graphics, endearing characters, and expert comic timing.” —Quill & Quire

Praise for Grumpy Bird:

“Whimsical and funny . . . Keep this energetic picture book in mind for wee storytime members.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Boo Hoo Bird:

* “. . . kids and adults will laugh in spite of themselves . . . the theme of friendship coupled with Tankard’s whimsical visuals make [this] an ideal book for storytime.” —Quill & Quire, starred review


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018

Rights Sold

  • English (Asia) - Scholastic Asia
  • English (US) - Scholastic Inc.
  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic
  • Turkish - Arkadas

Selling Points

  • Latest book in series featuring the over-the-top antics of the grumpy but lovable Bird.
  • A hilarious and relatable take on bedtime.
  • As always, Bird’s loyal friends help him get through another crisis.


Also by
Jeremy Tankard

  • Grumpy Bird

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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