Good Night, Mouse!

Good Night, Mouse!

by Jed Henry
     
 

It’s time for bed, but Mouse is wide awake. If a forest full of friends who curl and cuddle, drift and snuggle, can’t lull poor Mouse to sleep, what will help Mouse say good night? This endearing story of friendship, with irresistible artwork by the New York Times best-selling illustrator Jed Henry, is the charming companion to Cheer Up

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Overview

It’s time for bed, but Mouse is wide awake. If a forest full of friends who curl and cuddle, drift and snuggle, can’t lull poor Mouse to sleep, what will help Mouse say good night? This endearing story of friendship, with irresistible artwork by the New York Times best-selling illustrator Jed Henry, is the charming companion to Cheer Up, Mouse!.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Henry's gentle, mixed-media illustrations bring out the humor of the situation when good intentions meet mismatched expectations. . . . Repetition and rhythm make this an easy read-aloud."
School Library Journal

"Henry makes the nighttime forest look soft, warm, and welcoming, perfect for soothing little human children to sleep."
The Horn Book Magazine

"A sweet addition to the bedtime-book shelf."
Kirkus

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Poor Mouse cannot fall asleep and, of course, neither can his friends. Rabbit tries to tire him out with rope jumping. All that does is get Mouse even more excited. Next, his friends try giving him a soothing bath. However, Porcupine is afraid Mouse will get sick if he is not dried off, which leads to all the animals sleeping in one big huddle. Alas, Porcupine's quills are not the most comfortable mattress, and sleeping under Wolverine's head is too stuffy. Too many stars in the sky make the night too bright, but when Mouse is carried into softer light, his tummy starts to growl. His friends feed him bugs, only to have the feeding frenzy wake him up further. Along comes Bat, who conducts the night's symphony of singing crickets and croaking frogs. Sure enough, Mouse falls asleep wrapped in the sounds of the forest and the moonlight's silver beam. This is a lovely little bedtime story, meant to lull small children to sleep. The charming illustrations help soothe little ones into peaceful dreams. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this follow-up to Cheer Up, Mouse! (Houghton Harcourt, 2013), Mouse's forest friends take turns trying to lull him to sleep under a moonlit sky, each sure of the success of the technique chosen-a snack, a comfortable bed, dim light-and many of them will be familiar to listeners. Henry's gentle, mixed-media illustrations bring out the humor of the situation when good intentions meet mismatched expectations. Birds can easily sleep on a narrow tree branch, but Mouse's balance isn't as steady. Repetition and rhythm make this an easy read-aloud, and musically inclined adults will have an opportunity to sing the last lines of the text: "Rest your head, little Mouse—/stars above you,/friends who love you/stay beside you while you dream.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
A sleepy mouse gets some shut-eye after soothing help from a bevy of friends in this follow-up to Cheer Up, Mouse! (2013). Frontmatter pages show a yawning, sleepy mouse ready for slumber but unable to settle down for the night. Luckily, a veritable stampede of woodland pals comes to his aid, first trying "to wear him out" and then attempting a bath, a cuddle, shelter from the moonlight, a midnight snack, and finally, a lullaby orchestrated by a bat, tree frogs and crickets. The happily-ever-after ending sees Mouse sound asleep and cuddled up in a leafy bed with only the titular words, "Good night, Mouse" in an italicized whisper above him. This closing page is fittingly the sparest illustration, as well, with prior spreads dominated by the busy, well-intentioned efforts of Mouse's friends as they help him get to sleep. Why Mouse's friends are not as sleepy as he is and are not in need of help to get to sleep themselves remains a mystery in the text--are they all adults and Mouse a child? In any case, Henry's multimedia pictures evoke the soft style of Christopher Denise's illustrations in Phyllis Root's Oliver Finds His Way (2008), though with less overt anthropomorphic characterization. A sweet addition to the bedtime-book shelf. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547981567
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
345,388
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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