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Good Night, Mr. Night

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Each evening as gentle Mr. Night walks the earth closing the flowers, soothing the animals, and calming the sea, he brings a special magic to the world. When he arrives at your window, you'll know it's time for bed at last. . . .

Mr. Night puts the world to bed and helps children fall asleep.

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Overview

Each evening as gentle Mr. Night walks the earth closing the flowers, soothing the animals, and calming the sea, he brings a special magic to the world. When he arrives at your window, you'll know it's time for bed at last. . . .

Mr. Night puts the world to bed and helps children fall asleep.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Stirs the imagination . . . Striking."—Booklist

"A storytime natural, daytime or bedtime."—The Bulletin

"Will lull even the most stubborn children to sleep."—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
"Night assumes a human form in a calming bedtime tale, whose quiet narration and undulating illustrations have an almost hypnotic quality," wrote PW. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
PW called Dan Yaccarino's Good Night, Mr. Night "a calming bedtime tale, whose quiet narration and undulating illustrations have an almost hypnotic quality." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mr. Night has the job of walking the earth and closing things down for the night. He closes the flowers and quiets the animals. He brushes past the trees and calms the seas. To the youngster in the story, seeing Mr. Night at the window is a signal that it's time to go to sleep. His soothing presence stays with the boy and sings him to sleep. As the morning grows closer, Mr. Night goes to sleep, inviting the earth to begin a new day. The combination of Mr. Night's calming story and friendly image make this book a warm addition to a bedtime routine. His actions make the earth at night seem a quiet and sleepy place. The picture book has successfully transitioned to board book format, the only issue is whether Mr. Night might prove a bit scary for some younger children. 2004 (orig. 1997), Red wagon Books/Harcourt, Ages 6 mo. to 3.
—Susan Hoyle Fournier and Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Susan Hoyle Fournier
Mr. Night has the job of walking the earth and closing things down for the night. He closes the flowers and quiets the animals. He brushes past the trees and calms the seas. To the youngster in the story, seeing Mr. Night at the window is a signal that it's time to go to sleep. His soothing presence stays with the boy and sings him to sleep. As the morning grows closer, Mr. Night goes to sleep, inviting the earth to begin a new day. The combination of Mr. Night's calming story and friendly image make this book a warm addition to a bedtime routine. His actions make the earth at night seem a quiet and sleepy place.
Kirkus Reviews
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, "lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep." Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Mushrooming shapes of color create waves of clouds, swirls of trees, and gobs of shadows that add up to a progression of expressive landscapes. Yaccarino's art is boldly stylistic, smooth and facile, boasting design and color composition as its strengths. Mr. Night's dark, star-covered shape provides contrast to each scene, as well as humor, e.g., he checks a glow-in-the-dark watch. The story would be lonely without these pictures, and takes on poignancy because of them; parents who work the lobster shift will find special meaning in these pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152053512
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Ages 6 Months to 3 Years
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 827,223
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN YACCARINO has illustrated many picture books, including his own Unlovable, and Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. He is also the creator and producer of the Oswald television series shown on Nick Jr. Mr. Yaccarino lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    Great for Bedtime!

    My daughter has loved this book since she was 9 months old. It's such a creative way to think of night time and going to bed. This is a must for all children!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

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    This has been a staple in our bedtime routine. We leave this one for the last one to read....what a great story. My 5 year old boy recites lines from the book while he plays in his room. It's just fantastic.

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