Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see...

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GOOD NIGHT! GOOD NIGHT!

Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine.

As stars appear, mother rabbit declares, “It’s sleepy time.” Thus begins the rabbits’ nightly ritual of reading and singing, hugging and kissing, tucking in and...dancing? Silliness ensues, and the routine starts over, repeating and lengthening as new antics arise. Finally, with a gentle “No,” mama carries her happy procrastinators to bed. Cozy in their darkened room, they sleep. The artist’s intricately cut collage work neatly captures the bunnies’ impish exuberance. And everything, from the text to the design, is meticulously thought through. Readers understand the mother’s patience, her slight exasperation, and her love for her brood not only through the words themselves, but also through their visual appearance (size, typography, placement on the page). Likewise, her bunnies’ desire for fun is represented by collaged cutout letters; background colors reflect their sleepiness level. It’s hard not to compare Berger’s tale to the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—both feature an adult female rabbit and a bedtime routine. But where Clement Hurd’s surreal, atmospheric artwork stirs the soul, Berger’s aesthetic and narrative choices feel more methodical. However, not limited by the collage medium, her skillfully designed work is extremely marketable.

Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail .(Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-240884-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Greenwillow

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2016

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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