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Win a Children's Book!!! Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard

WIN!!!  A wonderful addition to your children's bookcase with this Tidy Book's book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Go To Sleep of I let Loose the Leopard, the debut picture book from Steve Cole.  We have three brand spanking new copies to giveaway!!!

Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard

Steve Cole is a prolific children's book author.  He's the man behind the Slime Squad series, and has sold over 3 million children's books.

His success has not been limited to one particular genre of children's books, and he has titles ranging from pre-school poetry to Young Adult thrillers.  He's also recently been announced as the new author of the next wave of Young Bond books.

Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard is his first children's picture book, and he's teamed up with Bruce Ingman, who illustrates the story that he has created.

It follows two children who are not really listening to their new babysitter.  The temporary carer tries all types of tricks to get the kids, Joe and Ellie, to go to bed but none of them are working.

She playfully teases the children with the idea of letting a leopard loose if they don't go to sleep.  Seeing through the baby sitter's seemingly hollow threats the children are unsure as to take any notice.

The story takes an unpredictable, and funny, and smile inducing twist.  A fabulous bed time read about a situation that many children, parents and indeed, baby sitters, will be familiar with.

We have three copies of it to give away.

It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your tip for getting your kids off to sleep by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest or Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard.

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WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT

We're already fans of Steve Cole here.  My boy has previously loved the vulgarity and humour of his Slime Squad stories, so I was very much looking forward to see the same author's take on a different genre of children's book.

Children not going to sleep for their babysitter is something I found akin to my own childhood.  I think I was quite a mischievous youngster, and would always encourage my little sister to join me in winding up any new baby sitters that are our parents had convinced to look after us.  Not unlike Joe and Ellie in this book.

I can recall being told all sorts of rubbish to get me to behave.  Some I believed but most I didn't.  But if a baby sitter had threatened me with a leopard, I'm not quite sure how I'd have taken that one.

This story is one that made me smile, an entertaining read at bedtime for younger children. I think I would have used it to encourage my child to NOT be like Joe and Ellie (no one tell him I didn't exactly practice what I preach).

The illustrations and story line are full of imagination and are things that you can easily relate to.

WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT

Helen is an Early Years Foundation Stage manager, with many years of experience and currently has the responsibility for the education of over 170 children.  She took a good look at Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard, and this is what she thought.

"This book is funny, but is also good as a tool for introducing maths to children.  You can talk about time, and the number of times things happen."

"The bold print is good, and a great prompt to ask children why they think those words are more prominent, or even just to get those learning words to read the ones in bold."

"The small details in the illustrations add a lot to the book.  Expressions on the characters' faces provide opportunities to ask children about how a character may be feeling."

"Also, you don't really get many stories that feature babysitters.  And this one is good from the point of view of talking about the concept of baby sitters, and reassuring children as to how 'baby sitting' works, or should work!"

"The book talks about 'calm' and again this is a rarity in books, yet it is something we are always asking children to be."

SO, YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY

So that's what we made of Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard and we have three brand new copies of the book to giveaway.

It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your tip for getting your kids off to sleep by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck! 

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87 thoughts on “Win a Children's Book!!! Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard”

  • Michelle Blane

    Well it may sound strange but when my little one had difficulty sleeping, I used to get the vacuum out and clean the stairs. The noise lulled him to sleep!! I read to him first of course!!!

  • emily

    great prize

  • Hannah Chadwick

    My son loves reading and I am sure he would love this book for a bedtime read.

  • Penelope Hewitt

    I read to my child every night he generally falls asleep in the middle of the story

  • shirley evans

    when I need to go after their story I tell them I need to do some housework,then after 10 minutes they've dropped off

  • Sharo Hingley

    We have a rewards chart and it really works, they love collecting stars to earn little treats.

  • Debbie Grinstead
    Debbie Grinstead February 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Reading a book and then saying I'm just going to the toilet....always asleep after.

  • nancy torres

    I READ MY LIL ONE A BOOK EVERY NIGHT BEFORE GOING TO BED

  • Joy Bardell

    a good bedtime routine

  • Tracey

    Stick to routine.

  • Carol L

    Too bad there aren't more entries for those of us who don't have FB. This looks like a great read for the kid.
    Carol L

  • Keri Jones

    Our son is very good at going to bed (at the moment). We give him a bath then read a few stories while he holds his toy of choice. We then say Iron man, for example, has to go to bed, night night Iron man, then give him his bedtime teddy and he knows it's time to go to his bed. He says bye mummy and that's it till morning :) x

  • Amanda Mallows

    We have a set routine which we stick to religiously; bath, song time, stories then bed.

  • SHIRLEY BUCK

    The best way to get a child to sleep is have tea, half hour time together before bath time then snuggle down with favourite teddy and cuddly blanket and some nice bedtime stories and he is asleep in no time.

  • Shona Angus

    Talking through all the nice things we'll be doing the following day, and emphasising how he'll need a lovely rest so he's ready to do them all!

  • sandra bald

    We always have story time before bed & stick to a routine as much as possible

  • Janice Taylor

    Night night sleep tight, watch the bed bugs don't bite lol.

  • lisa

    Storytime then sing a lullaby.

  • anthony harrington
    anthony harrington February 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    a bath, the book reading then lights out, always keep to the same routine.

  • anthony harrington
    anthony harrington February 14, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    a bath, book reading then lights out. always keep to the same routine

  • anthony harrington
    anthony harrington February 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    bath, book reading then lights out. always keep to the same routine.

  • Rosalind Blight

    I read to them and then turn nightlights on. Give kisses then leave the room have done this since both were little and my eldest is 7 in a couple weeks

  • mell

    We make up a story, and when he gets "stuck" on his next part of the story, I tell him it will come to him in his dreams.

  • wendy isbell

    to get my little one to sleep we have a story then I give him a back rub. cuddle an off he goes to sleep

  • melanie stirling

    I leave a story CD on quietly .

  • makila wheatley

    Routine...Routine....Routine. Its always easier to get your child do something if they know its coming and are prepared for it. my little one is 2 1/2 and i put the bedtime routine (of bath, story time then sleep) into place when he was a couple of weeks old....now he knows no different

  • Nicole T

    I have a three year old son with autism so a bedtime routine is key for him actually sleeping. His little bro on the other hand is all about cuddling!!

  • Mari Lewis

    Reading and snuggling gets my son to sleep....half the time me, too! :)

  • gina

    storytime before bed

  • Katy

    My baby is only two months old and I would rob a bank to get her to sleep through the night. :) I might even let loose the leopard!

  • Rachel Gilbey

    A regular bed time routine, usually with a bedtime story just before I turn off the lights

  • Audrey Tebbs

    A good routine that is followed every night if possible, to include bath-time toys, cuddles and a story, either from memory or a book.

  • Spencer Broadley
    Spencer Broadley February 15, 2014 at 9:57 am

    My 2 sons read books themselves in bed (we do also read with them at other times which they enjoy) - invariably after half an hour it's a case of picking the book off them and pulling the duvet up properly as they have drifted off to sleep (not because the books are boring!!! they choose their own books)

  • Spencer Broadley
    Spencer Broadley February 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

    My 2 sons read books themselves in bed (we do also read with them at other times which they enjoy) - invariably after half an hour it's a case of picking the book off them and pulling the duvet up properly as they have drifted off to sleep (not because the books are boring!!! they choose their own books)

  • KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS
    KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS February 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I sing to them

  • Galina V

    I'm not the best sleep guru, as we're quite relaxed about going to sleep. The usual routine is bathtime, reading books in bed and lots of reassuring

  • Susan Sargent

    Stick to a routine, tell them one story then its time to go to sleep.

  • Rachael

    My son needs some downtime before bed so we either read to him or let him watch a bit of a TV show that helps kids learn to read.

  • Sally Collingwood

    Hot chocolate and a good story

  • Kirsty Jenkins

    Reading them a story then singing a song whilst cuddling them for 5 mins :)

  • hayley pemberton
    hayley pemberton February 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    We have a routine and stick to it. if she shouts for something i say i will get it in a minute and generally she has fallen asleep before i have to get it.

  • Martha Smith

    We read to our children even from fairly small babies, before they were ready to look at books themselves. It was mostly poetry, like the Fairie Queene by Spenser, it didn't seem to matter what the subject was, what was important was that you were still in the room and the rythmic metre of the poem sent them off to sleep. It also got them used to a regular routine that carried on to when they were slightly older and interested in books themselves. We still had a few nights when we had to drive round in the car to get them off to sleep when they were teething especially but for the most part this worked really well for us.

  • Jean Vaughan

    Bedtime is always the same. A bath, a cuddle while drying, a story, tuck in and kiss goodnight.

  • JULIE BANKS

    Some quiet time before bed, to calm them down and then their choice of bedtime story.

  • Paul Anthony Gallagher
    Paul Anthony Gallagher February 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Sing them a lullaby

  • Alexis Pettie

    It was always a bath, then 30mins of tv, then bed and a story

  • JENNY MILLER

    Warm bath, story and cuddle .

  • Alexa Schoolar

    half a banana before bed sometimes helps them

  • Karolyn Holden

    I put Classical music on the radio ,that usually does the trick !

  • Sanjeet Sidhu

    The best way to get my two and a half year old son to sleep is to let him take control of the bedtime story - after the usual routine of dinner, bath and in bed of course! I let him explore all his lovely new books on his Tidy Books bookshelf. I tell him to choose as many books as he wants and whichever book he wants. We never get to read anymore than two books because he falls fast asleep leaving me to tidy the pile of books left on the bedroom floor and onto the shelves!



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