[PW] Children's book stumper: big wind blows everyone around at night

K. Stewart kjostew at verizon.net
Thu Aug 27 19:45:59 PDT 2015


Also resending since I don't know if you received my post from the other day:

Could it be David and the Daydreams by Barry Dempster, published in 1985? You can see it on Abebooks, and the cover is blue. It doesn't show wind gusts on the cover, but a boy sleeping on some clouds on a hanging moon.

Karen Stewart
Bartow, FL

On 08/27/15, Jesse Lewis wrote:

Resending as I originally sent to the wrong PW email address. Apologies if this winds up coming through as a duplicate message. 

Hi all, 

I've tried querying children's literature/library lists with this stumper to no avail. This description has come to me in a roundabout fashion, so what I've got here is all I know.

A friend of a friend is looking for a picture book her mother used to read her as a child (the searcher is 28 so picture book reading would have been happening in the late 80s through early 90s?) and neither of them remember the title. They remember that the book was light blue and had an illustration of wind gusts on the cover. There's a boy who sleeps all day, and his family doesn't know why. It turns out that at night, when the family goes to bed, a great wind comes and blows everything and everyone around...bears are in trees, birds are on the ground...and the boy spends all night putting everyone back. 

That's it. Does this ring any bells for anyone? I've Googled, Novelisted and Worldcatted with various combinations of "wind", "sleep", "bedtime", "boy", "animals", "bear(s)", "bird(s)", "blow", etc.

--Jesse Lewis
Brownsburg Public Library
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