Stop That Yawn! (Book Review)


Comic book parents rejoice! “Stop That Yawn!” is a great way to introduce your young child to the genre. It’s also the quintessential anti-anti-bedtime story.

Written by Caron Levis and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, this large format hardcover book reads like a children’s story but is artfully drawn like a comic. It’s a fun twist on bedtime stories, with the protagonist – a young girl named Gabby – trying her darndest to fight off those nighttime Zzzzs.  

(A quick pause here to say: I think every parent can relate to that battle.) 

Accompanied by her Granny, Gabby heads out to Never Sleeping City where all sorts of childhood wonders await. But wherever Gabby goes – no matter how hard she tries to stop it – she’s followed by a trail of yawns. The world around her becomes increasingly “cozy and quiet and peaceful” as Gabby fights bravely to resist.  

The publisher recommends this book for ages 4-8, but my 2 year old has no problems paying attention from beginning to end. In fact, my only word of caution for the parents of toddlers: don’t be surprised if your kid shouts “stop that yawn!” every time you start. Yawning in our household will never be the same.  

Stop That Yawn!” is highly recommended for:

  • Parents who enjoy comic books and want a fun way to introduce their young kids to the genre.

  • Anyone in search of a unique bedtime story.

  • Toddlers who fight bedtime like it’s their one true enemy.