Good Night!

Good Night!

by Claire Masurel, Marie H. Henry
     
 

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It's getting dark.
The stars are twinkling
It's time to go to bed...

So begins this enchanting story of a little girl's bedtime ritual. Young readers — and their parents! — will instantly recognize the familiar nighttime process — pulling down covers, fluffing up pillows, brushing teeth, and searching for sleepytime friends. In a

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It's getting dark.
The stars are twinkling
It's time to go to bed...

So begins this enchanting story of a little girl's bedtime ritual. Young readers — and their parents! — will instantly recognize the familiar nighttime process — pulling down covers, fluffing up pillows, brushing teeth, and searching for sleepytime friends. In a delightful role reversal, each companion, from doll to teddy, is gently scolded for wanting to stay up longer until at last everyone is tucked in and ready to say goodnight. The playful text, perfect for reading aloud, is accompanied by soft, whimsical watercolors. Good Night! is sure to entice even the most reluctant sleepyhead into bed.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PARENTS' CHOICE, November 1995
"Zoe! Oscar! Jojo! Daisy! Max! Theo!" calls the little girl as she rounds up, one-by-one, her dawdling stuffed animals at bedtime. She manages to get them all tucked cozily into bed; your child probably will too, with this jolly, friendly going-to-sleep story that allows for happy role-playing. Look closely, and you'll spot traces of the book's European origin.

KIRKUS REVIEWS, April 15, 1994
The little girl is about to tuck herself in when she notices the "everyone" else is missing. Running from place to place in her cozy timbered house, she gathers half a dozen toys: her bear from the kitchen ("Silly Max. It's not time to eat! It's time to go to bed!"), a doll from the bookcase, a dragon from the TV, and so on. Last is Daisy, a rubber duck; while she's collecting her from the tub the child also uses the potty and brushes her teeth. The role reversal is a grand way to put the child vicariously in charge of the bedtime ritual. Henry's appealing little girl, scurrying from room to room, recalls Lena Anderson's lively, disarming characters. Simple, repetitive, and reassuring; a perfect bedtime book.

Simple, repetitive, and reassuring — a perfect bedtime book. Kirkus Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in France, this slight but agreeable bedtime book features a young girl who, with pajama bottoms slipping down and one shoe off, rounds up her sleeping companions--an assortment of stuffed animals and dolls. Searching her comfortably cluttered home, the independent child (there is no adult in sight) finds her toys in various spots and affectionately chastises each (``Silly Max. It's not time to eat! It's time to go to bed''). After assembling her menagerie on her quilt, she discovers that her plastic duck is still missing and rescues it from the still-full tub. Simple words (``At last, everyone is tucked in. GOOD NIGHT!'') bring Masurel's quiet text to a close. Much more impressive are Henry's timeless, humorously detailed watercolors, which will endear the heroine to bed-bound preschoolers. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The nighttime ritual of rounding up the stuffed animals and hustling them into bed gets sensitive, loving treatment in this translation of the French book, Bonne Nuit! The predictability of the text and the satisfactory completion of the nightly routine will make this book a favorite bedtime read, especially among those preschoolers who enjoy following nighttime rituals of their own. Simple, subtly colored illustrations do a nice job of supporting both the words and the mood of the tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811811699
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Claire Masurel was born in France and now lives in New York City. She is the author of more than fifteen books for children.

Marie Henry lives in France, where she studied music at the National Consevatory at Versailles. She began painting after her children were born, and she created her first book as a gift for her daughter. Ms. Henry has published numerous children's books.

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