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While You’re Sleeping

Mick Jackson

Illustrated by John Broadley

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654650

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 3 September 2020

ISBN: 9781843654919

ASIN: 9781843654919

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Publication date: 8 September 2020

Category: Picture Books

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Have you ever wondered what’s happening in the world while you’re asleep in your bed?

There’s a whole world of activity out there – from bakers preparing bread and cakes for your table and firefighters waiting patiently for a call, to hospitals helping people have babies and caring for those who are ill. There are lorry drivers making deliveries of food, flowers, toys and more, and postal workers sorting the mail for your morning delivery. There’s also wildlife such as foxes foraging, bats flying, and owls hunting for prey. And then around the world there are children who are playing, learning, eating and reading while you’re tucked up fast asleep.

This is the perfect book for bedtime, opening up a whole world of wonder and imagination for children, and providing food for the imagination if they wake in those early hours. Beautifully written, with lyrical prose, the illustrations are packed with detail.


Mick Jackson is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter from Lancashire, UK. His first novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has recently started writing for children.


ABOUT THE Illustrator

John Broadley has been active in illustration and small press publishing since the mid 1990s. He works mostly in pen and ink and collage. His work has recently been used to decorate the interiors, menus and branding for Quo Vadis restaurant Soho. He has designed a range of packaging and ceramics for the Fine Cheese Company and also wine labels for Gabb Family, Berry Bros & Rudd, and Fortnum & Mason. John has illustrated several food and historically themed books, as well as many magazines. While You’re Sleeping is his first children’s book.



'Boasting intricate illustrations that bring night-time to life, Jackson's beautiful book details a whirl of nocturnal activity.'


'A beautiful, unusual picture that opens the curtains to the night-time world ...  It’s beautiful to look at, a glimpse into another world, and will be wonderful to share with young readers, particularly at bedtime.'


  • While You’re Sleeping Resource Pack For Book Groups & Key Stage 1 Teachers

    This pack includes discussion points and activities designed for use with KS1 children.