Good Night, Good Night

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PreS A boatload of animals gets ready for bed in this slightly expanded version of a board book, The Going to Bed Book (S. & S., 1982). Boynton's greeting card characters are comfortably familiar and whimsical but her style has become repetitious. Animal antics in preparation for bed include taking a bath, brushing teeth, exercising and listening to a song sung by two rabbits. The story is told in rhyme which, like the song (for which music is provided), is forced. Each page contains only a few words, and pictures and text size are large enough for story time use, but most libraries would do better with additional copies of Brown's Goodnight, Moon (Harper, 1947). Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394972855
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/1985
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton
Cartoonist/author Sandra Boynton infuses her books with a sense of joy, silliness, and -- well, lots of farm animals. With her fun board books, the woman famous for the adults' mantra "Don't Let the Turkeys Get You Down" has become a natural favorite for toddlers.

Biography

In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    A Rare Jewel

    I received this book as a little girl and my mother played the song on the piano, which I learned to play on my recorder and clarinet when I got older. Now in my twenties, I find this story and song in the story are the ONLY things that get infants, toddlers, and children to sleep. If you find one, keep for your great great great GREAT grandchildren. This is the one book everyone should own :-)

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