|Book||JE MOORE, RAINA||Children's JE Fiction-Picture Books|
There are so many ways to say good night. Pups say it with a stretch and a yawn. Piglets say it with a kiss and a sigh. Lambs say it with a cuddle and a hug. But no matter how many different ways the animals in this snuggly bedtime book say good night, they all have one thing in common: They say it with love. How do you say good night?
One by one, a pup, a piglet, a lamb, a cat, a duckling, and a young child say good night and are tucked into bed by a parent. Each twosome has its own ritual star-gazing, a lullaby, cuddles and hugs, milk and cookies, a bath, or a story but each ends with a calm offspring nodding quietly off to sleep. Luebs's soft, pastel-shaded artwork meshes nicely with Moore's verses, so lilting that each stanza could easily be sung. The anthropomorphization of the animals they wear clothes and occupy homes full of toys and comfy beds is a bit of a missed opportunity to draw real connections between animals and humans. But young listeners will enjoy following an unmentioned robin, which appears in many of the spreads and finally falls asleep in his own hammock on the final page. An obvious choice for bedtime reading, this also will make a good gift for parents of newborns.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2008 Booklist
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Moore's quiet tale shows that there are many ways to say "good night," as various young animals, with the help of a loving parent, get ready for bed: "How do you say good night, my pup?/How do you say good night?/With a stretch and a yawn,/close my eyes until dawn./That's how I say good night." As they settle down for the evening, a pig listens to a lullaby, a lamb gets a cuddle, and a kitten enjoys milk and cookies. In the final few pages, a human mother and daughter lovingly perform their own nocturnal ritual. There is not much action, but the calming story and repetitive, rhyming text is just right for bedtime sharing. The double-page illustrations are painterly in style, with curving lines and deep-hued tones. The animals wear colorful pajamas and have expressive facial features. Because there is nothing out of the ordinary here, this is an additional purchase.--Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.