Good night like this

Mary Murphy, 1961-

Book - 2016

In rhyming text, baby animals and their parents wish each other good night.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2016.
Main Author
Mary Murphy, 1961- (author)
First U.S. edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Murphy follows A Kiss like This and Say Hello like This-animal-themed guides to affection and greetings, respectively-with a comforting peek at the bedtime rituals of several species. Once again, half-page flaps create a sense of before and after in each spread. "Tickly and feathery in any old weathery. Good night ducks. Sleep tight... like this," reads the playful text for one scene. Flipping the flap shows a downy duck snuggling in a marshy nest with her ducklings; as the moon shines above, a frog leaps up to wish them "Good night!" Inky silhouettes combine with sunset shades of purple, blue, and pink as fireflies, bears, cats, and mice all go to bed-building to an invitation for readers to do the same. Ages 2-5. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Animal families ranging from mice to bears get ready to sleep. Each page depicts a new animal family snuggled together and then, with the use of a cutaway page, shows them fast asleep. At the end, the story urges readers to sleep, with a chorus of animals wishing them a "good night." This cozy story is a lovely addition to picture books about bedtime. Murphy's soft illustrations, created using ink and watercolor and then rendered digitally, use calm, muted colors to help depict a tranquil nighttime. The hand-lettered text consists of a bouncy, simple rhyme and repetition of the phrase "Good night.sleep tight, like this," making for a rhythmic read-aloud. A foil effect is used for both the lettering on the cover and the last page, which, though pretty, doesn't add much to the story. The cutaway pages, used consistently throughout, are much more effective, providing an engaging, interactive experience for readers, as they can transform the illustration from the animal being awake to asleep. VERDICT An ideal choice to lull a child to sleep or as a selection for a bedtime-themed storytime.-Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Yawny and dozy, twitchy and cozy. Good night, rabbits. Sleep tight..." The flip of a flap turns a yawning bunny baby in a parent's arms into a sleeping one. The sweet concept plays out five more times, with different animals, until "it's your turn, sleepyhead." The mixed-media spreads have a soporific glow, and the text uses soft consonants and a soothing cadence. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The third entry in Murphy's ...Like This series explores the nighttime world of animal parents and babies settling down for sleep. Each double-page spread shows a different adult-baby animal pair (or grouping of several youngsters) in its own outdoor environment. The adult-baby pairs or groups clearly convey deep attachment, but the pairings are not specified as mother-child, so the book is equally meaningful for dads or grandparents or caregivers to read to their favorite little ones. The patterned text offers a few descriptive words in a rhyming couplet followed by a simple "good night, sleep tight" wish. A cleverly designed half-page flap then turns to show the animals sleeping "like this." A tiny animal or insect pops up on these sleepy pages with a white speech balloon offering a cheery "Good night!" These little critters are also skillfully camouflaged on the full-page illustration the flap lies over, providing an additional layer of interest as readers look back to spot the hiding places. Vibrant illustrations use a glowing palette of golds and purples, swirling lines, and Murphy's signature thick, black outlines to create an evocative atmosphere of deepening twilight. This is a bedtime story that has it all: humor, playful language, and a soothing combination of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition woven together with compelling illustrations that have the surrealistic edge of the dream world. Move over, Goodnight Moon. There's a new star on the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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