GOOD NIGHT WORLD by Willa Perlman

GOOD NIGHT WORLD

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

A youngster settling into bed ponders a curious fact:  “Elsewhere in the world it’s light. / It’s morning there, but here it’s night.” 

This leads him (or possibly her) to imagine the bird on the window sill flying around the world to say goodnight to everything. Beginning with stars and planets, passing through deserts, mountains and oceans, bidding goodnight to rain forests and animals far away, the bird comes closer and closer to home, to the child’s own street and house, yard animals and, finally, his siblings and friends. “Good night, world, / as darkness brings… / SWEET DREAMS / to every living thing.” The dreaming child curls up with a stuffed rabbit and the bird. Fisher’s slightly surreal mixed-media illustrations on double page spreads combine painted patterns, textures and surprising colors. An oryx bounds across a marbled pink-and-blue desert. Greenish whales cavort in breaking Hokusai-inspired waves, midnight blue and capped with white against a pink sky. On one spread, trees are drawn as crayoned triangles; on another, a single leaf, apparently collage, forms the body. There is much to see and think about in the illustrations for this simple bedtime rhyme. Fittingly, the text concludes with a list of ways to say goodnight in 16 languages, written in appropriate scripts and including pronunciations.

A sweet dream, indeed. (Picture book. 2-5)
Pub Date: July 12th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0197-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2011




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