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"Perlman's...couplets put a particular emphasis on color...as the book moves from celestial to earthly realms. With an amalgam of textures, batiklike patterns, and images within images, Fisher's...pictures offer somewhat abstracted visions of familiar motifs—planets in the sky, breaking waves, animals in their habitats."
—Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011
"There is much to see and think about in the illustrations for this simple bedtime rhyme. Fittingly, the text concludes with a list of ways to say goodnight in 16 languages, written in appropriate scripts and including pronunciations. A sweet dream, indeed."
—Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2011
"Splendid pictures that navigate the earth as night arrives and a small blond-haired child’s sweet wonder at the imagined journey raise this offering above most going-to-bed books.... By the time the child curls up in an earth-blue ball filled with the shadowy outlined shapes of the animals encountered in the good-night litany, listeners will be ready for their own sweet dreams.... This is a beautiful addition to a traditional picturebook topic."
—Booklist, July 1, 2011
A youngster settling into bed ponders a curious fact: "Elsewhere in the world it's light. / It's morning there, but here it's night."
This leads him (or possibly her) to imagine the bird on the window sill flying around the world to say goodnight to everything. Beginning with stars and planets, passing through deserts, mountains and oceans, bidding goodnight to rain forests and animals far away, the bird comes closer and closer to home, to the child's own street and house, yard animals and, finally, his siblings and friends. "Good night, world, / as darkness brings... / SWEET DREAMS / to every living thing." The dreaming child curls up with a stuffed rabbit and the bird. Fisher's slightly surreal mixed-media illustrations on double page spreads combine painted patterns, textures and surprising colors. An oryx bounds across a marbled pink-and-blue desert. Greenish whales cavort in breaking Hokusai-inspired waves, midnight blue and capped with white against a pink sky. On one spread, trees are drawn as crayoned triangles; on another, a single leaf, apparently collage, forms the body. There is much to see and think about in the illustrations for this simple bedtime rhyme. Fittingly, the text concludes with a list of ways to say goodnight in 16 languages, written in appropriate scripts and including pronunciations.
A sweet dream, indeed. (Picture book. 2-5)