Goodnight, Meby Andrew Daddo, Emma Quay (Illustrator)
A baby orangutan is sleepy, but before he shuts his eyes he must first say goodnight to each and every part of himself: from the feet that ran him around all day, to the legs that did all that jumping, to the ears that listened so intently to the big world around him. Echoing the loving goodnight rituals that will be familiar to many a parent and child, the gentle text and softly-hued illustrations are just the thing for coaxing an active toddler to sleep.
This delightful book has a quiet cadence similar to Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (HarperCollins, 1947) as a child winds down from a busy day. After being tucked in by a loving parent, a young orangutan lies in bed and bids a loving goodnight to each body part: "Goodnight, feet. Thanks for running me around today" and "Legs, get some rest. We've got a lot of jumping to do tomorrow." After a kiss on the forehead from the parent, the youngster heads off to sleep: "Goodnight, me. See you in the morning." Using a mix of pencil, acrylic paints, and watercolors, Quay has created uncluttered spreads that focus on the highlighted body parts. The colors are as soothing as the gentle text: soft purple backgrounds, muted white bedding, and a warm shade of orange for the orangutan. The protagonist's face is expressive and childlike. Sure to ease tired readers toward sleep, this offering is perfect for bedtime or pajama storytimes.
Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Bloomsbury USA
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.51(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.44(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
ANDREW DADDO has been a reporter and television personality in the US and Australia (MTV and Lonely Planet). He lives with his wife and their three children in Sydney, Australia. This is his first picture book.
EMMA QUAY grew up near Cambridge, England, and now lives in Sydney. An honors graduate in illustration and printmaking, Emma has illustrated numerous picture books.
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We read to our twins every night and have always battled to find the 'last' book. They always want one more. Well, this is it. The words are simple, the pictures are beautiful and the kids know that when the 'rangtang' goes to sleep, they have to as well. We love it.