Good Night, Sleep Tight

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A sweet good-night story by internationally bestselling picture book author Mem Fox!

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT reunites bestselling picture book author Mem Fox with illustrator Judy Horacek, following their collaboration on WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP?

In this sweet story that's just perfect for bedtime reading, Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime--including "It's raining! It's pouring! The old man is snoring";...

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Overview


A sweet good-night story by internationally bestselling picture book author Mem Fox!

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT reunites bestselling picture book author Mem Fox with illustrator Judy Horacek, following their collaboration on WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP?

In this sweet story that's just perfect for bedtime reading, Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime--including "It's raining! It's pouring! The old man is snoring"; "This little piggy went to market"; and more. Bonnie and Ben enjoy the stories so much that they don't want to go to sleep; they want to hear each one again! Instead the babysitter tells them new nursery rhymes until, finally, all three of them fall fast sleep.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This is one of those sneaky stories that starts out slight and unsurprising but is over far too soon. Fox combines the power of repetition with a lead character—a cool babysitter named Skinny Doug—who acts as a Scheherazade of nursery rhymes. His two charges immediately imagine themselves as players or spectators in the familiar rhymes: sitting in a yellow roadster (with Skinny Doug in the driver’s seat), they watch the little piggy run down a hill saying, “Wee, wee, wee, wee,” all the way home. Both enthralled and sensing a way to delay bedtime, the kids demand repeat performances (“ ‘We love it! We love it!’ said Bonnie and Ben./ ‘How does it go? Will you say it again?’ ”), only to discover that Skinny Doug always has a new tale up his striped sleeve. Horacek, Fox’s collaborator on the Where Is the Green Sheep?, has again found a text ideal for her naïf watercolor and ink cartoons. The pictures’ visual directness and goofy playfulness capture the spirit of the timeless rhymes and the enviable relationship between the lanky storyteller and his adoring audience. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES (by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury)
"An instant classic... there's real magic at work here." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain." --THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
Starred reviews in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and BOOKLIST

WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? (by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek)
"This neat and satisfying wedding of text and art... Laughs and interactive play will ensue among readers and listeners, alone or in groups." --BOOKLIST

POSSUM MAGIC (by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas)
"A perfect choice for storytimes." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Bedtime diversions and traditional rhymes are a winning combination here.

When Bonnie and Ben’s favorite baby sitter, Skinny Doug, offers a bedtime salute of “Good night, sleep tight. / Hope the fleas don’t bite!” he embarks on a command performance of seven traditional rhymes. The not-very-sleepy duo keeps him going, as he recites from his personal repertoire: “ ‘We love it! we love it!’ said Bonnie and Ben./ ‘How does it go? Will you say it again?’ ” This catchy refrain follows each of the resourceful baby sitter’s rhymes. To their entreaties to repeat each one, Skinny Doug replies, “I’ll tell you another / I learned from my mother.” After “Good night, sleep tight,” Skinny Doug offers “It’s raining, it’s pouring,” “This little piggie,” “Pat-a-cake,” “Round and round the garden,” “This is the way the ladies ride,” and “Star light, star bright.” The engaging, economical framing text is memorable and sweetly appealing, sure to encourage little listeners to participate. The finite number of rhymes introduced before the baby sitter hustles Bonnie and Ben off to sleep is just right: It’s enough for one sitting, where larger collections bring the inevitable negotiation about where to stop. Horacek’s simple, solid lines and primary colors are friendly, cheery and almost exuberantly inviting.

Sure to be requested and welcome for lapsits and reciting together any time of day." - Kirkus starred review

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The twins, Bonnie and Ben, are enjoying an evening with their favorite babysitter, Skinny Doug. At bedtime, he tells them the nursery rhyme beginning, "Good night, sleep tight./Hope the fleas don't bite!" The children love it and ask him to repeat it. But Skinny Doug tells another rhyme he heard from his mother, "It's raining! It's pouring!/The old man is snoring." The format continues with "this little piggy went to market," "pat-a-cake, pat-a cake, baker's man," "round and round the garden," "this is the way the ladies ride," and finishes with "star light, star bright, first star I see tonight." The colorful illustrations add to the humor of the story. They depict friendly interactions of the twins and Skinny Doug in the home scenes. The scenes inspired by the rhymes will produce the most chuckles, however. The three characters appear in playful activities based in imaginative interpretations inspired by the rhymes. A fun bedtime story. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Skinny Doug is a babysitter with the heart of a poet. Bonnie and Ben are reluctant to go to bed. When Doug tucks them in, he recites the old saying, "Good night, sleep tight./Hope the fleas don't bite!/If they do,/squeeze 'em tight/and they won't bite/another night!" The children love it and ask him to repeat it. Doug says, "I will tell you another/I heard from my mother." He offers up another treasure ("It's raining, it's pouring…"), and the children beg to hear it again. On it goes, and over the course of the book, the excited siblings get to hear some wonderful old ditties and nursery rhymes. In the cleverest of ways, Fox has embedded a handful of childhood nonsense verses that beg to be read and said aloud into a fun story about the bedtime ritual. The cartoon illustrations are just lighthearted enough to complement the silliness of the verses. This book will be a surefire hit with the younger crowd and offers the perfect excuse to bring out volumes such as Iona Opie's Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes (Walker, 2001) and My Very First Mother Goose (Candlewick, 1996), Alma Flor Ada's ¡Pio Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (HarperCollins, 2003), and Jane Chapman's Sing a Song of Sixpence (Candlewick, 2004).—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Bedtime diversions and traditional rhymes are a winning combination here. When Bonnie and Ben's favorite baby sitter, Skinny Doug, offers a bedtime salute of "Good night, sleep tight. / Hope the fleas don't bite!" he embarks on a command performance of seven traditional rhymes. The not-very-sleepy duo keeps him going, as he recites from his personal repertoire: " ‘We love it! we love it!' said Bonnie and Ben./ ‘How does it go? Will you say it again?' " This catchy refrain follows each of the resourceful baby sitter's rhymes. To their entreaties to repeat each one, Skinny Doug replies, "I'll tell you another / I learned from my mother." After "Good night, sleep tight," Skinny Doug offers "It's raining, it's pouring," "This little piggie," "Pat-a-cake," "Round and round the garden," "This is the way the ladies ride," and "Star light, star bright." The engaging, economical framing text is memorable and sweetly appealing, sure to encourage little listeners to participate. The finite number of rhymes introduced before the baby sitter hustles Bonnie and Ben off to sleep is just right: It's enough for one sitting, where larger collections bring the inevitable negotiation about where to stop. Horacek's simple, solid lines and primary colors are friendly, cheery and almost exuberantly inviting. Sure to be requested and welcome for lapsits and reciting together any time of day. (Picture book. 1-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545533706
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 266,285
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Mem Fox is Australia's most highly regarded picture book author. Her first book, POSSUM MAGIC, is the bestselling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of over 4 million. In the U.S., TIME FOR BED and WILFRID GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE have each sold over 1 million copies. Mem has written over 35 picture books for children and five nonfiction books for adults, including the bestselling READING MAGIC, aimed at parents of very young children.

Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist, artist, writer, and children's book creator. Her cartoons have been pinned up on doors and walls all over the world. She is also sometimes a visiting artist for schoolchildren and an after-dinner speaker for grownups. She is the illustrator of Mem Fox's WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? as well as the author and illustrator of seven other children's books.

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