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Good Night, Sigmund!

Good Night, Sigmund!

by Nancy Coffelt, N. Coffelt

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The illustrations for Coffelt's first picture book, resembling children's crayon drawings, make splendid use of the Crayola rainbow. Her spare, straightforward text is becomingly decorated with bold, simple friezes. ``In the morning, / when I get up, / I put on my slippers,'' says the narrator as his green-eyed cat, Sigmund, pounces on a mouse slipper. ``Oh, hello, Sigmund,'' the child says. Each page features another activity and the repeated refrain ``Hello, Sigmund'' as the cat juggles bananas at breakfast, holds an umbrella in the rain or jumps into the bathtub. At bedtime the youngster asks, ``Where is Sigmund?'' and the cat hides underneath the blanket and behind a plant and finally rests beside the sleeping child. Depicted in fresh, childlike artwork, the antics of this sprightly gray puss should gratify young feline fanciers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- A gray cat named Sigmund is an important part of a little boy's daily routine. The nameless, faceless child narrator runs through his day, repeating ``Hello, Sigmund,'' as the cat insinuates himself into each activity. Young children may like the familiarity of events and the repetition of the refrain, but the story is slight and exists mainly to showcase the illustrations. The pictures are striking, done in richly colored oil pastels on black paper. They provide the humor as well, as Sigmund is shown toying with mouse slippers and hiding under lumpy bedcovers. Despite the book's colorful appeal, feline fanciers will find that Jane Feder's Beany (Pantheon, 1979; o.p.) better captures the special relationship between a child and a cherished pet. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX

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Harcourt Children's Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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