Today, I’m starting off the week talking about a beautiful children’s book. For anyone who enjoys picture books or has small children to buy for or read with, HIBERNATE WITH ME is pure joy. It can do nothing but put joy on your face and warmth in your heart with its delightful art and lyrical prose. It releases tomorrow, February 12, 2019 from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Hibernate With Me, by Benjamin Scheuer and illustrated by Jemima Williams, is the perfect bedtime or naptime story for anyone with small children or grandchildren, but it’s lovely for libraries, school, or daytime centers as well to help children feel safe and secure in their environments. The lovely use of bears allows for any child and caregiver to enjoy the books – plus the bears are darling!
Though my children are a bit older than the age range of 4-8 (my girls are 15 and 11), we still enjoy looking at picture books together. They’ve even taken up my obsession of wanting to collect them. So yes, if you are an adult who likes picture books like me, the art and poetic words of this story make it one you’ll want to keep on your shelf.
As a published poet myself, I can see very much how the words to the story are a poem. The author Benjamin Scheuer writes in a rhyming way of course, because he’s a song writer – so this is also something that can be (and has been) turned into a beautiful lullaby. I definitely hope they might release a CD of bedtime songs for children. He captures the themes of caring for a young child, such as giving them enough space to roam while keeping a watchful eye and understanding moods and uncertainties small children go through while navigating life. He does all this with limited words that he’s chosen carefully to rhyme and flow with each other – almost like hug for the reader themselves.
Illustrator Jemima Williams’ art is a treasure. Working formerly on the animated show Peppa Pig, I think you can see her experience in this work as her art has action and movement just perfect enough that these bears could be made into a show of their own. Honestly, her artwork is some of the more adorable animal and nature art for children I’ve seen in some time and I’m now a big fan and will be following her work because I love her style. My daughters and I loved particularly her use of the monarch butterfly, which tells a story itself of transformation and consistency, and her dandelions, which say no matter how one changes, or if you seem a weed or flower, one can be there for you. Williams’ art is so warm and inviting.
Overall, we had a so many smiles reading this story together! My daughters were exclaiming quite often, “Oh that’s so cute! That’s so sweet!” And yes, we hugged afterwards. Who says pre-teens and teens can’t love their parents? haha!
I highly recommend this book for almost anyone who loves art and a good rhyming poem or song for children. In this day and age, love like this soothes the heart.
And the accompanying song video is absolutely adorable, filled with drawings from the book and artfully sung, I think you’ll want to watch it over and over again!
About Hibernate with Me –
Hibernate with Me is a gentle reminder that no matter how sad, small, or scared you feel, you are always worthy of love, and that brighter days are always ahead.
Sometimes you feel small. Sometimes you feel shy.
Sometimes you feel worried, and you might not know why.
Sometimes you want nobody to see.
Darling, you can hibernate with me.
If you feel scared or lost, or even just a little shy, love means there will always be a place to hibernate together.
A place that’s cozy, warm, and safe.
Author and Illustrator Biographies
Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams –
Benjamin Scheuer is a Drama Desk Award–winning singer-songwriter and playwright. He toured his solo show The Lion around the United States and Europe, giving more than five hundred performances. His album Songs from The Lion was released in 2016 (Warner/ADA) along with four animated music videos, which have been shown at film festivals around the world. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer created the book Between Two Spaces, the proceeds of which raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Scheuer lives in New York City with his wife, illustrator Jemima Williams, and their dog, Porthos. Visit him online at BenjaminScheuer.com.
Jemima Williams is a British illustrator and writer who worked for nearly a decade on the BAFTA Award–winning animated show Peppa Pig. She illustrated Andy Nyman’s The Golden Rules of Acting and has been a frequent contributor of illustrations and writing to the online women’s magazine Standard Issue. Jemima lives in New York City with her husband, Benjamin Scheuer, and their dog, Porthos. Visit her online at JemimaWilliams.com.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to kick off their tour of this title around the online world! If you want to see more about the book, follow along for the next few weeks at the sites below.
Online Tour Schedule
Monday, February 11 – Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, February 12 – Carol’s Notebook
Wednesday, February 13 – Pretty Deadly Reviews
Thursday, February 14 – Katie Reviews Books
Friday, February 15 – MaiStoryBook
Monday, February 18 – Mundie Kids
Tuesday, February 19 – Good Books & Good Wine
Wednesday, February 20 – Bookworm for Kids
Thursday, February 21 – Dr. Bookworm