It's Time to Say Good Night

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Based loosely on the Comden & Green song "I Say Good Morning to the Sun," jaunty verse takes readers to different landscapes in which a small boy is saying so many "good morning"'s that by the time he is done, it's time to say "goodnight!" All are rendered in Barroux's signature droll and endearing style.
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Based loosely on the Comden & Green song "I Say Good Morning to the Sun," jaunty verse takes readers to different landscapes in which a small boy is saying so many "good morning"'s that by the time he is done, it's time to say "goodnight!" All are rendered in Barroux's signature droll and endearing style.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
[Barroux] and Ziefert have worked together on other books…and their work here is complementary. While Barroux's illustrations are freewheeling and casual, Ziefert's update of the 1950s-era Comden and Green song is repetitive in a way that will appeal to toddlers who enjoy predicting what will come next.
School Library Journal
PreS—Using lyrics from Betty Comden and Adolph Green's song "I Said Good Morning," a young boy greets the day with joy. In rhyming format, he says good morning to everything he sees, "the sun, the hills, the chickies and the hens, the rooster, the cow, the piggies in the pen" as he moves from a rural setting to the city…. Good morning to the planes, the buses, the taxis and the vans, the trucks, the cars, the garbage, and the cans." Then he reverses the order as he returns home telling everything good night, while the illustrations darken, preparing everything (including young listeners) for sleep. In the end, the boy is tucked in bed while his mother watches from the doorway. The childlike black line drawings are colored in with primary watercolors surrounded by irregular blocky outlines, an appealing and well-suited style for the text. With wonderful repetition of words, this book will be read over and over.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A child greets the day and then says goodnight in this circular picture book. Over the first three double-page spreads, spare verse (based on a song by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) relates the various sights that a boy beholds as he opens his window to the day: "Good Morning to the sun, / Good Morning to the hills, // Good Morning to the chickies and the hen. / Good Morning to the rooster, // Good Morning to the cow, / Good Morning to the piggies in the pen." Ensuing pages show the boy greeting other creatures, things and places, moving from the pastoral setting of the opening to a city scene. The climax of the text reads (with a bit of a rhythmic misstep) "Good Morning! Good Morning! / To everything in sight! By the time I get through saying Good Morning, it's time to say… // Good Night," and then, looking rather forlorn, the child says "Good Night" to everything he'd greeted on prior pages. By the time he snuggles down to sleep, he is smiling as his mother (heretofore unseen amid all of his adventures) stands in his bedroom doorway. Barroux's whimsical, naïve-style illustrations establish his work, once again, as an ideal match for Ziefert's verse--see Bunny's Lessons (2011) and My Dog Thinks I'm a Genius (2011) as other strong collaborations. A successful offering from a well-matched pair. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609053741
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,086,490
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

 Harriet Ziefert is an author, publisher, packager, early reading expert, teacher, and wearer of many other hats worn in service of offering books for kids that take them from infancy to independent reading.

Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture at the famed École Estienne and École Boule, then worked as an art director in Paris and Montreal. He eventually returned to Paris and now creates his art in a fantastical studio in an abandoned building he shares with other artists.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Through the beautiful illustrations of Barroux the story walks u

    Through the beautiful illustrations of Barroux the story walks us through the day of a little boy as he says good morning to the sun and
     follows him throughout his day as he says good morning to all the animals and to the earth. Soon the boy is saying good morning to
     a plane and a bus as he rides his scooter through town. He says good morning to everything in sight. But then it is time to say goodnight
     and the process is reversed and he is saying good night to all the things he said good morning to. The story ends with the boy getting
     a good night from mom! A very cute story with the repetition of all the different things that were first said good morning to and then saying
     good night to, if you have ever been asked to read the same book over and over again, which if you have kids you probably
     have, then you will know that kids love repetition and this book fulfills that love! The story and the illustrations work so well together
     the story is a simple one of good morning and then a name of something that it is being said to and the same with the good nights and
     the illustrations though colorful they to are not full of anything that doesn't need to be there they are very simple and minimalist in nature. 

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