The Goodnight Book

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This sweet book takes us on a fun trip to many far off places to see how creatures of many different shapes and kinds say good night to the ones they love.

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Overview

This sweet book takes us on a fun trip to many far off places to see how creatures of many different shapes and kinds say good night to the ones they love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/21/2014
What begins as an ostensible guide to saying goodnight in multiple languages ("In French, they say Bonne Nuit") quickly turns gently surreal. After a sequence of three softly painted portraits of human parents (and a pet cat) bidding goodnight to human children, Smith (Noisy Poems for a Busy Day) introduces an array of benevolent, cuddly creatures not likely to be found in Wikipedia, who say goodnight in ways that Google Translate won't recognize. "In some far off places they say... Kissy Kissy," writes Smith as a brown, furry ovoid nestles its tan offspring in a pouch, while three additional little ones sleep in snowy burrows beside them. A pink bearlike creature wraps eight contented children in its arms while wishing them "Fleep Dreams," and what appear to be three sentient hills say "Moony Night" as a yellow orb floats overhead. Smith's creations have the simplified facial expressions of manga characters and emoticons, with U-shaped closed eyes that signal supreme contentment on the part of every fuzzy worm, four-legged octopi, and snow creature. Ages 2–5. (July)
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School Library Journal
PreS-K–This book is the perfect size for side-by-side snuggling with preschoolers before bed. The book begins with the expectation (at least, for adults) that this will be a fun introduction to languages. The first spread reads, “In English, they say, ‘Goodnight...’” and upon the page turn, “in French, they say Bonne Nuit.” On the opposite page, a picture shows an adult sitting by a small child tightly tucked in for the night with stuffed animals on either side, a comforting image to go along with the speech bubble: “Bonne Nuit.” However, the concept is flipped with the turn of two pages when readers are invited to find out what they say “in some far off places….” Endearing and hilarious creatures may say silly-sounding things like “Kissy, Kissy,” “Took a Boo,” and “Fleep Dreams.” There’s potential for heaps of fun before oodles of sweet, enchanted dreams.–Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-K—This book is the perfect size for side-by-side snuggling with preschoolers before bed. The book begins with the expectation (at least, for adults) that this will be a fun introduction to languages. The first spread reads, "In English, they say, 'Goodnight…'" and upon the page turn, "in French, they say Bonne Nuit." On the opposite page, a picture shows an adult sitting by a small child tightly tucked in for the night with stuffed animals on either side, a comforting image to go along with the speech bubble: "Bonne Nuit." However, the concept is flipped with the turn of two pages when readers are invited to find out what they say "in some far off places…." Endearing and hilarious creatures may say silly-sounding things like "Kissy, Kissy," "Took a Boo," and "Fleep Dreams." There's potential for heaps of fun before oodles of sweet, enchanted dreams.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927018422
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Joy Smith is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited at art galleries across Canada, and has appeared in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today’s Parent magazines among other places. Lori enjoys goodnight cuddles with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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In English, they say “Goodnight”. In French, they say “Bon Nuit”.
In Spanish, they say “Buenas Noches”.
 
But in other far off places they say...
 
Gloobit.
Tookaboo.
Fleepdeams.
Kissy-kissy.
Nogginoff.
Moony-night.
Darkan-oy.
Light-away.
 
How do YOU say goodnight?

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