Twenty Yawns, 2016 first edition, a children's picture book by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo.


Written by Jane Smiley. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. First edition, 2016. Two Lions, New York.

"The beach umbrella was flapping in the breeze..."

Lucy spent the day at the beach with her Mom and Dad, all day, longer than she ever had. When it was time for bed, the sunset glowed pink and red.

"Lucy put her pajamas on inside out, climbed into bed, and yawned a big YAWN."

Her Mom read her a bedtime story until she nodded off, but when the moon shone through the window, everything in the room looked mysterious. Family pictures on the wall seemed to watch her. She got up and tip-toed through the house, past her Dad, snoring in his chair, and to the closet with her stuffed toys. She gathered up her friends, tip-toed back to her room ad tucked them into bed, then crawled in beside them and "sighed a big happy sigh and YAWNED."

Jane Smiley (1949 - ), an American novelist and essayist, best known for A Thousand Acres (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adapted into a film; Moo (1995), a satirical novel set at a Midwestern agricultural university; Horse Heaven (2000), a novel about the horse racing industry; and The Last Hundred Years Trilogy (2014-2015), a saga that follows an Iowa farm family over a century. Smiley has also written several nonfiction books, such as Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (2005), and The Man Who Invented the Computer (2010). She received the National Humanities Medal in 2006 and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Lauren Castillo has worked on more than 20 book projects. She wrote and illustrated Nana and the City, a Caldecott Honor book, and illustrated The Reader by Amy Hest, Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, and What Happens On Wednesdays by E. Lockhart. In addition to a Caldecott award, she received the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.
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Condition: Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket and illustrated cover boards are very lightly bumped at corners. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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