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“…when readers spot her [the girl's] pointy elf ears, they'll turn right back to the beginning to see how Cushman's clever, colorful illustrations disguised her as a human girl.” Horn Book Magazine
“Cushman's bold, cartoonlike graphics have charm that will work well in storytime…” School Library Journal
“...a colorful, simple, comforting offering, with all of the right touches to become a bedtime standby.” Booklist
“This deliciously clever bedtime story offers bouncy rhymes with rich vocabulary, a cast of appealing parent-child pairs and a satisfying ending as Santa takes off with his sleigh and his traditional 'to all a good night'” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this cheery holiday offering, veteran author/illustrator Cushman asks young readers to imagine how different "critter[s] at the frozen North Pole" would bid their parents good night on this most hard-to-go-to-sleep of all evenings. Each spread gives a four-line rhyming text, accompanied by a picture of a parent tucking a child into bed. For "good night," the snowman family says "Brr! Brr!," the polar bear family says, "Grrr! Grrr!," the mouse family says "Squeek! Squeek," and the gingerbread family (somewhat strangely) says "Crunch! Crunch!" As the book continues, reindeer say "Jingle! Jingle!," a toy robot on Santa's sleigh says, "Bzz! Clank!" and Mr. Claus himself calls out the familiar refrain, "Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!" Cushman's verse occasionally fails to scan and strains to rhyme, but the idea here is a cute one, and his jolly, colorful, comfortable pictures blend both the coziness and building excitement of this most special night. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—On colorful spreads, various critters and other denizens of the frozen North Pole say good night as they are tucked in on Christmas Eve. A snowman says "Brr! Brr!"; Gingerbread men say "Crunch!"; mice say "squeek!"; nutcrackers say "Crack! Crack!"; reindeer use bells to say "Jingle! Jingle!"; robot toys in Santa's bag say "Bzz! Clank!"; and Santa himself says "Merry Christmas to all! And to all a…!" Cushman's bold, cartoonlike graphics have charm that will work well in storytime, and the simple pattern has appeal, but this is a slight offering in a very crowded field.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
This deliciously clever bedtime story offers bouncy rhymes with rich vocabulary, a cast of appealing parent-child pairs and a satisfying ending as Santa takes off with his sleigh and his traditional "to all a good night!"
Using the same structure as hisHalloween Good Night(2010), Cushman presents eight characters bidding their mothers or fathers "good night" in their own fashion, including snowmen, polar bears, gingerbread people and reindeer. The story begins with a child under a quilt in her room, with several toys and treats foreshadowing their appearance later in the story. By the final pages, it becomes clear that this child is actually one of Santa's elves, and she is just falling asleep as Santa and the reindeer fly away, glimpsed against a full moon through her bedroom window. The rhyming text with the corresponding "good night" phrases encourages participation from young listeners, who will demand repeated readings of this beguiling story. Cushman's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are full of witty details and hints about the conclusion, but it is his dramatic pacing and skilled balance between art and text that make this Christmas offering sparkle.
This one has it all: engaging illustrations, a simple but satisfying plot and a text that adults won't mind reading over and over.(Picture book. 3-6)