Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead

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A young child bids her surroundings an affectionate goodnight before settling down for a peaceful night's sleep. This classic bedtime tale is perfect for lulling little sleepyheads to bed.

In simple rhyming text, a child says goodnight to the things around her.

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A young child bids her surroundings an affectionate goodnight before settling down for a peaceful night's sleep. This classic bedtime tale is perfect for lulling little sleepyheads to bed.

In simple rhyming text, a child says goodnight to the things around her.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
"Goodnight eyes/Goodnight nose/Goodnight fingers/Goodnight toes." Lilting rhymes and peaceful illustrations make this an ideal bedtime book. Dyer updates Krauss's 1964 classic with sweet scenes of a child saying goodnight to her surroundings, from the teddy bear she rubs noses with to the bed she climbs into. (Ages birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Jane Dyer brings her tender touch to a bedtime book by Ruth Krauss in Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead, which pairs text from Krauss's 1964 Eyes Nose Fingers Toes with Dyer's characteristically affectionate watercolors of a toddler and ever-patient mother. A "Baby Sleeping" door hanger is included. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Originally published as Eyes Nose Fingers Toes, this simple lullaby captures perfectly the nightly ritual of young children. The desire to say goodnight to everyone and everything is made visual in soft watercolors. As a baby says goodnight to each of her toys and puts them to bed, she becomes sleepy herself and willingly climbs into bed as mother kisses her goodnight. The simple text harmonizes with gentle illustrations to create a perfect bedtime story. Whether squirmy or sleepy, children reading this book with an adult will find a good model for how to get ready for bed. The final illustration shows baby and all her toys tucked in for the night—a restful, peaceful vision of what every parent hopes for! 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
PreS-Dyer illustrates a text that was originally published as Eyes Nose Fingers Toes (Harper & Row, 1964; o.p.). Gentle rhymes tell the story of a toddler saying good night to her surroundings, her stuffed animals, and her mother. She snuggles her lamb, touches noses with her bear, and compares toes with her dinosaur. The simple spreads on which the baby bids good night to her toys are awash with soothing pastel watercolor backgrounds. While the stuffed animals are endearing, the child and her mother are not as appealing; they have old-fashioned, doll-like, and expressionless round faces delineated by a few simple lines and tiny rosebud mouths. The few pages where there is more color, detail, pattern, and activity work the best.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Krauss's blatant variation on Goodnight Moon, originally published as Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes (1964) with illustrations by Elizabeth Schneider, gets an intimate remake thanks to Dyer's gentle sleepy-time scenes of a chubby, rosebud-lipped toddler surrounded by plush companions-each of which (child included) gets put to bed to a rhythmic litany: "Goodnight windows / Goodnight doors / Goodnight walls / Goodnight floors." A dinosaur toy provides the only bit of updating here; otherwise the art is as time-unspecific as the text. Dyer's illustrations are typically in an oversized format, each double-paged spread on 10 x 10 pages, a different pastel background on each, allowing the full effect of her soft colors to envelope the reader. Often the plush animal takes up the entire two pages. Then, when she gets to the walls, windows, and doors, she reverts to one page for each, setting the scene against stark white backgrounds, and coming back to the pastel for the closing shot of mother and child. Short, sweet-and comfortably familiar. (Picture book. 3-5). . . Kurtz, JaneTHE FEVERBIRD'S CLAWGreenwillow/HarperCollins (304 pp.)$15.99PLB $16.89May 1, 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694015016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 700,652
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

Jane Dyer is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Cookies series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal as well as numerous other award-winning picture books. She lives and works in a hundred-year-old brick house in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can visit Jane online at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    very nice book, easy rhythm, nice illustrations

    my son has always enjoyed this book... much better than Goodnight Moon actually.

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