Good Night, My Darling Baby – Alysa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Annie Bach


       Good Night, My Darling Baby (New Books for Newborns) – Alysa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Annie Bach, Little Simon, (9781481481199), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In this soothing bedtime story repetitive words will lull little ones into sleepy time.  “Daddy cow sang a good night tune/ to his baby calf beneath the crescent moon,/‘Moo, moo, moo, moo…/Sweet dreams my darling baby.’” The parental figure alternates between fathers and mothers and includes sheep, horses, pigs, ducks and a human family.  The illustrations in soft evening tones are full of detail. The final illustration shows the sleeping human baby under a mobile that features all the animals in the story.  “Let’s all sing a good-night tune./Let’s sing beneath/ the wondrous moon,/‘Moo, baa, neigh, oink, quack, la-la…/Good night, our/ darling babies.”’  This is a sweet and soothing bedtime read aloud.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents of newborns will love reading this aloud to their babies.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Board Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/18/17             

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