Good Night, World

Good Night, World

by Willa Perlman
     
 

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As the sun sets from east to west, this book takes children on a magical round-the-world journey to bid good night to the world’s natural wonders, from plants and animals to mountains, oceans, and wide desert plains. Willa Perlman’s soothing, lyrical text combines with Carolyn Fisher’s sweeping illustrations to paint a vivid picture of everything

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As the sun sets from east to west, this book takes children on a magical round-the-world journey to bid good night to the world’s natural wonders, from plants and animals to mountains, oceans, and wide desert plains. Willa Perlman’s soothing, lyrical text combines with Carolyn Fisher’s sweeping illustrations to paint a vivid picture of everything everywhere going to sleep—including an imaginative little boy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As the sun sets, a towheaded child bids good night to the animals and natural phenomena outside in this simple, languid bedtime book. Perlman's (Pocket Kisses) couplets put a particular emphasis on color ("Turning Earth, good night to you./ Good night, deserts, pink and blue") as the book moves from celestial to earthly realms. With an amalgam of textures, batiklike patterns, and images within images, Fisher's (The Snow Show) pictures offer somewhat abstracted visions of familiar motifs—planets in the sky, breaking waves, animals in their habitats. Swirling strokes give some scenes a sense of motion; "Good night, rocky, gurgling stream," reads the verse as inky, turbulent waters pour down a neon green hillside, dotted by triangular and scribbly trees. Fisher also hand-letters the text and adds a connecting thread: a red-winged bird appears in each spread and eventually curls up with the sleeping child. The text's repetition of good-night wishes strikes a familiar chord, and though the art feels fresh, it has a certain remoteness as well. While the world depicted isn't unfriendly, it's not especially comforting either. Ages 2–5. (July)
From the Publisher
"Good Night Moon goes global in this lovely ode to the world...Children will love poring over the lush pictures in this gentle nighttime lullaby."–School Library Journal

"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

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
The day is ending and a child is getting ready for bed, but first he has to say good night to the world and all living things before he closes his eyes. Sitting on his bed and holding his little stuffed bunny, the child bids good night to the sun, stars, and planets hanging in the sky. Deserts and mountains, streams, oceans and forests are also in his thoughts as another day is at its end. Animals, birds, and all living things scurrying or flying to their night time beds, as well as sisters, brothers, and friends, are not forgotten. As darkness descends, it's good night and sweet dreams to all. Words run across the pages filled with large child-like, primary color illustrations. The last two pages of this charming, rhyming picture book list ways to say Good Night in different languages, along with their pronunciations. The author has written a book that will entertain and educate readers from toddlers to preschoolers. Adults will appreciate this pleasant, warm book that will make a child's bedtime experience a welcoming one. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Good Night Moon (Harper, 1947) goes global in this lovely ode to the world. A child getting ready for bed bids good night to everything he knows about. Starting large with the sun and the stars, he includes Earth's deserts, mountains, oceans, and animals, and then narrows in on his neighborhood, family, and friends. The evocative rhyme scans perfectly: "Turning Earth, good night to you./Good night, deserts pink and blue./Good night mountains capped in white./Ocean's breaking waves, good night." Each verse is grandly illustrated with a large, double-page painting. Fisher's multicolored, textured drawings match the expansive tone of the book with a wide palette of swirling colors and layered details. Children will love poring over the lush pictures in this gentle nighttime lullaby.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442435193
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
30 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Willa Perlman is a former publishing executive who now runs a recruitment firm. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and Good Night, World is her first book.
Carolyn Fisher has written and illustrated several picture books, including Good Night, World by Willa Perlman and her own The Snow Show. Her illustrations have been commissioned by hundreds of magazines and newspapers, earned numerous awards, and been exhibited around North America. Carolyn has dual US and Canadian citizenship, and she lives with her family in Alberta, Canada. Visit her at CarolynFisher.com.

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