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WAKE UP AND GOODNIGHT by Charlotte Zolotow


by Charlotte Zolotow & illustrated by Pamela Paparone

Age Range: 1 - 6

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1998
ISBN: 0-694-01032-4
Publisher: HarperFestival

In another recycling of Zolotow’s past works (see review, above), this new version of a 1971 title that was illustrated by Leonard Weisgard takes a circular approach. Paparone follows the awakening of young animals (in children’s clothes) to a day of sunshine and play. A flip of the book (so it reads from back to front) prepares them and readers for sleep; “trees whisper/the birds are still” in a comfortably contemporary setting, where a dinosaur mobile hangs from the ceiling. The morning colors are citrus bright and energetic, while the night scenes appear in hushed shades of indigo. A pleasing edition: The book’s rotations mimic those of day and night in a way that toddlers will comprehend. (Picture book. 1-6)