The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Is Yet Another Children’s Book Featuring A Rabbit

What makes this children’s rabbit book unique is that it claims to be able to help children get to sleep.

What makes this children’s rabbit book unique is that it claims to be able to help children get to sleep.

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The author, left, says that the way the book The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep is read can help put children to sleep.

Move over, there’s a new rabbit named Roger in town, and his goal is to get to sleep. He’s the title character from the children’s book “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep.” The young rabbit wants to get to sleep but can’t, so he and his mother seek help from Uncle Yawn, a wizard, and they meet Sleepy Snail and Heavy-Eyed Owl along the way. 

The book claims to help children fall asleep, and its Facebook page states that it uses psychological techniques. The Amazon write-up for the book states: “No need for How-to skills, it’s as easy and simple as reading a normal bedtime story with improved language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep.”

It’s true that the major claim of the book “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” is that it will help parents in the quest to get their child to sleep at bedtime or naptime, but in my opinion it is also yet another tribute to rabbits. Any animal could have been chosen as the protagonist, but author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin went with the fluffy, friendly rabbit. This means that “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” now joins the ranks of such famous books as “Goodnight Moon,” “Pat The Bunny,” “The Tale Of Peter Rabbit” and “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

The book was self-published in Sweden a few years ago, and an English version came out in April 2014. Sales currently have it topping the best seller list in books in both the Amazon United Kingdom and Amazon United States websites, which has sparked a lot of interest. Alison Forrestal, Amazon UK’s director of books, told the Mirror that it was the first time an independent author reached the No. 1 position in their print books chart.

Why did the author choose a rabbit? I haven’t found any interview that answers that, but a post to the Facebook page for the book might offer a hint, as it mentions toy rabbits as a favorite bedtime buddy for children.

Are you tired of not getting enough of your sleep? Tired of sharing your bed with hundreds of sheep? Let me help you to start a new little habit. From now on you will sleep like a child with a rabbit.

Posted by The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep on Monday, December 10, 2012

The website for the author states that Ehrlin has a background in behavioral science. He has written books on leadership, communication and psychology. 

The book cover lists endorsements by Matt Hudson, noted as a bestselling author and psychotherapist, and Mikael Odhage, a psychologist. With 80 reviews on Amazon.co.uk, it has 3.5 stars. At Amazon.com, it has 4.5 stars from 14 reviews. 
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