I Just Want to Say Good Night – written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora


  I Just Want to Say Good Night – written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399173844, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Rachel Isadora does it again!  With beautiful, vibrant oil paintings paired with just a few phrases, this author has created a sweet story that will delight little ones and make parents smile with recognition, both at its homage to a classic book and their own childrens’ desire to put off going to bed.  By setting this bedtime tale in a rural African village (a veld), Isadora brings a familiar routine to a new place for many young readers, introducing them to similarities that span the world.  The repetition on each page also makes this a fantastic read-aloud by getting kids participating in saying”good night,” to each animal.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Everything was spectacular.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for toddlers who have enjoyed other characters stubbornly avoiding sleep such as “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”  This would be great for any family with little ones to enjoy a new way to say good night; get it out there and into your community!

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!  This is familiar and new all at the same time (grown-ups will especially appreciate the second-to-last page).

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: March 23, 2017

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