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I Just Want to Say Goodnight

I Just Want to Say Goodnight

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Rachel Isadora
ISBN: 978-0-399-17384-4
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Lala lives on the African veld, and as nighttime approaches Papa and Mama start the process of putting Lala to bed. Like small children the world over, Lala resists mightily— staying outside and bidding goodnight to the various living creatures (and ultimately a rock). Children everywhere will relish Lala's answer as she rests her head on the goat's back, "I just want to say good night to the goat." With the repetitious pattern young children love, Mama tries to coax her to bed. And the long treasured Goodnight Moon, plays a cameo role as a delightful visual joke.

Via Isadora's pink and yellow palette, the lovely, evocative, loosely framed, double-page oil paintings capture the essence of the African landscape around sunset; the depictions of our young heroine aptly express her personality.

Lovely and gently humorous.

Kemie Nix   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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