Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy. Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536209037
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4
Format: Board book
What did you like about the book? This is a warm and lovely bedtime book. The text gently rhymes. Every double page spread has a different parent & child animal grouping moving from active to sleepy and cuddling in for a night of rest. There’s a study cardboard flap to lift that changes the babies from awake to asleep. The ink and watercolor illustrations start out with the warm oranges and pinks of sunset and slowly get darker until they are the deep blues and purples of full night. Parents and littles can read the text simply for its soothing bedtime effect or name the animals and talk about the the changes in the sky as night approaches.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A nice choice for a baby shower gift, this is similar in feel to Goodnight Moon or Over in the Meadow.
Who should buy this book? Where would you shelve it? Board books or bedtime stories.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: July 19, 2022