“The Insomniacs” by Karina Wolf


This book recommendation is for my always traveling and always jet lagged husband, and for anybody who has ever had trouble getting on schedule in a different time zone.

Everything changed for the Insomniac family when Mrs. Insomniac took a job across the time zones. Adjusting to a life on another continent wasn’t easy. When it was time to work and study, the Insomniacs wanted to sleep. When everybody else slept, the Insomniacs were ready for action. They tried everything, from drinking milk, meditating to counting to a thousand, but nothing helped.  Finally, the Insomniacs got tired of fighting off their nocturnal habit and decided to embrace it. As they started exploring the night world, they noticed that the night was teeming with life and exciting things to do. From moon bathing, to eating nightshade vegetables, the Insomniacs discovered that perhaps waking up after sunset might suit them after all. One can always study and work remotely. 

What a wonderful celebration of the night! I guess, one can expect nothing less than a great nocturnal story, if the author’s last name is Wolf, right? I think it is the first book about night that is not sleepy or dreamy. It is energizing, actually.  Is it the lunar energy perspiring through the book? And then one must not forget the grotesque pictures by The Brothers Hilts: so dark and mysterious.  Who would think it was the artists’ picture book debut?

To sum up, if you and your little ones should be sleeping now, hope you are having good dreams. But if you are not, because you can’t, stop wasting your energy on tossing and turning. Follow the Insomniacs. Use the energy of the moon. Discover a night owl in you. Have a good night!