Goodnight, Me

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A young orangutan prolongs his bedtime ritual by telling his body parts "Goodnight." He adds a note of gratitude or explanation for each one. His feet have run him around all day. His knees hold his legs together. Legs help him jump. His tummy is quiet. No more rumbles till morning. His bottom quits wriggling, but his chest keeps breathing. His hands, arms, and neck relax. When he gets to his head, he closes his ears and turns off his sense of smell. He says one last "goodnight" and quiets his mouth. Then he closes his eyes and anticipates his dreams. The large, softly colored illustrations feature an orangish-brown orangutan in a light blue nightshirt celebrating the parts of his body as he prepares for peaceful rest. A good bedtime choice for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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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.

Kirkus Reviews
Lying in bed, trying to fall asleep, little orangutan addresses each part of his body with a goodnight appeal. He thanks feet for running, and knees for holding legs together. He tells legs and tummy to rest and asks neck to "lay my head on that pillow." When each body part from bottom to nose, ears, mouth and eyes has been acknowledged, mother orangutan's soft kiss on the forehead finally brings on the long-awaited feeling of contentment to one drowsy little guy. Quay's soft nighttime purple/blue backgrounds offset an orange-furred, droopy-eyed baby orangutan trying out a variety of bed positions in this novel approach to a familiar toddler bedtime ritual. A comforting, self-soothing pattern for little ones to quiet their tired bodies and souls. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901534
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 412,284
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.51 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Best last book before sleep ever

    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.

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