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The Goodnight Book
by Lori Joy Smith
AGES: 3 to 7
PAGES: 24
SIZE: 8' x 8'
RIGHTS: World
PRICES: $12.95 US, $12.95 Cdn
HARDCOVER: 978-1-927018-42-2

School Library Journal:

PreS-K–This book is the perfect size for side-by-side snuggling with preschoolers before bed. The book begins with the expectation (at least, for adults) that this will be a fun introduction to languages. The first spread reads, “In English, they say, ‘Goodnight...’” and upon the page turn, “in French, they say Bonne Nuit.” On the opposite page, a picture shows an adult sitting by a small child tightly tucked in for the night with stuffed animals on either side, a comforting image to go along with the speech bubble: “Bonne Nuit.” However, the concept is flipped with the turn of two pages when readers are invited to find out what they say “in some far off places….” Endearing and hilarious creatures may say silly-sounding things like “Kissy, Kissy,” “Took a Boo,” and “Fleep Dreams.” There’s potential for heaps of fun before oodles of sweet, enchanted dreams.–Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA


 

Arts East Review: “Mommy, please, one more.” In classic bedtime theme, young readers are invited into the world of fainting farewells, and the ever-living world of tomorrow's tomorrows. Drawing upon the natural realm, writer and illustrator Lori Joy Smith begins with the soft bedroom kisses of good night, bonne nuit, buenas noches.  But soon, The Goodnight Book's organic shapes begin to take on a life of their own, with much left to interpretation.

 

Have you ever wondered if the tulips say goodnight to their bulbs, the crab grass to its beach, the mountains to the moon? Smith has, and her exploration of the world's magic doesn’t stop there, her hues soon hatching their own bedtime spectrum.

 

I loved the gentleness of this tale, the mysteries of the creatures, and the bits of sleepy dream space where enchantment and invention prevail. Smith sheds a final sun's ray on the secret world of the abstract in complimentary colors and shapes, softly balancing each page. Even the sun gets sleepy when setting.
Smith dreams in owly souls who say “took a boo,” and slumberous baby whale fish who cuddle their young with an evening's gentle “light away.” She dreams in comfortable nests and fluffy white pillows, sweet tempered seaweeds that sway in the current. With her forms blending into the night, Smith dreams in beginnings, not endings, in possibilities, not promises. 
Bedtimes have long been fertile ground for the imagination, of monster mains and kings in the closet. Smith's pages now quell babes and big kids alike, with sudden urges for water and back rubs finally subsiding. In The Goodnight Book, our contemplation become real, the textures of Smith's nuzzling light taking shape as we slowly, slowly drift out to sea.