Night Night, Little Ones by Patricia Hegarty, illustrations by Thomas Elliot. Tiger Tales, 2022. 9781664350328
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 5
Format: Board book
What did you like about the book? In this terrific board book, evening has come and animals of various biomes are getting ready for rest. Readers will visit the forest, a savannah, the deep sea, a rainforest, and a human home. The illustrations are cheerful and painterly, with most of the sleepy animals named. In each environment, the reader is invited to help an animal sleep (or to wake up someone who is nocturnal!) by pulling a tab on the side. The sliders close or open the animals’ eyes and reveal an additional creature and some rhyming text, making for a nice surprise. This is a lovely book for learning animal names, chatting about color choices (the forest’s ambience is green, the ocean’s is bluish, etc.).
Anything you didn’t like about it? Only the last page disappoints a bit. There’s no rhyme and the picture shows a child jumping on the bed, which may get the kids all riled up again.
To whom would you recommend this book? For families of babies and toddlers looking for a new, fun bedtime book, and for little ones practicing their thumb and forefinger grab. This would be a great gift for a child under 3 or 4, who will enjoy reading it again and again.
Who should buy this book? Daycares, preschools, public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: August 18, 2022