SWEDEN -- A self-published book that promises to help children fall asleep at bedtime has topped Amazon’s best seller list, marking the first time an independent author has taken the top spot on the chart.
Written by Swedish author and behavioral scientist/psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep is a 22-page story that follows Roger the Rabbit, the Sleep Snail and Uncle Yawn on their quest to help the rabbit fall asleep.
The book’s description reads:
“Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? In The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep you will listen to and follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep. This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night.”
The publisher recommends parents read the story “slowly and methodically,” practically yawning through the narrative. The characters urge the rabbit to “let your whole body be heavy, so heavy it feels like it falls… just like a leaf, that falls down, slowly down, down… Your eyelids are so heavy.”
“It’s the verbal equivalent of rocking your child t sleep… I help the child focus on relaxation and become part of the story,” Ehrlin told The Express.
The book’s Facebook page has over 20,000 likes and dozens of positive reviews. Lizy Mellor wrote:
“My oldest fell asleep 3 pages in my youngest who can mess around for hours fell asleep on the last sentence first time round thank you.”
The book is $12 on Amazon and a digital version of the book is available on iTunes for $6.95.