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The Resource Good night! Good night!, Carin Berger

Good night! Good night!, Carin Berger

Label
Good night! Good night!
Title
Good night! Good night!
Statement of responsibility
Carin Berger
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Reading, singing, hugging, kissing, dancing, jumping, playing, bouncing... Will these silly, silly bunnies ever go to sleep?
Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool At first, this book seems like it might be a yawn. How many good-night stories have begun with “Good-night stories / Good-night songs”? But things take a twist after Mother Bunny doles out the kisses, because the little girl bunny in the calico nightdress demands some good-night dances. Dances! She and her brothers, who skip around a two-page spread, might be ready for bed after more kisses and hugs—but now it’s time for good-night monsters. As Mom checks for monsters, the children turn into jumping beans and then good-night monkeys. Despite a repetition of the rituals, when the children demand good-night tickles, Mom puts her foot down. This is tons of fun, and Berger’s distinctive cut-paper collage art makes the book as much fun for looking as it is for listening. Both the paper work and design have a thoughtful simplicity exactly right for the age group. No soothing bedtime tale is this: read it at pajama-themed storytimes or at home when a child needs to be worn out before catching those zzzzs. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 11/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 6, p58)
  • PreS—Share the bedtime ritual of a mother rabbit and her three young bunnies. After stories, songs, hugs, and kisses (followed by another hug, of course), each youngster adds something special and unexpected: good-night dances, good-night monsters, good-night jumping beans (limited to three by the wise mother). Mama draws the line at monkeys. Text builds and repeats in different typefaces in varied sizes and is expressively placed to enhance the collage illustrations. Crisp lines of each textured cutout stand out on spreads. The use of open, flatly colored backgrounds augments the rhythm and movement of the text, while the simple forms of the illustrations effectively suggest emotion. Words and illustrations work together seamlessly to present a charming, cumulative, and playful tale. VERDICT Sure to be a "Read it again" bedtime favorite.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library --Maria B. Salvadore (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p64)
  • In crisp paper collages, Berger (Finding Spring) homes in on the coziest of subjects—an aproned bunny mother and three pajama-clad bunnies—as the family shares a bedtime ritual: “Good-night stories. Good-night songs. Good-night hugs. Good-night kisses.” One bunny is gray, another’s brown, and the third is white, a quiet gesture toward inclusiveness, and the deep shadows and dark blue backdrops of Berger’s images provide dramatic visual theater. The bunnies read a story, sing songs (swirly ribbons of printed music pour from their mouths), and the mother bends down to cuddle each bunny, her love drifting in cutout pink hearts up to the ceiling. Suddenly, a cream-colored spread signals a break from the routine: “Dances!” “Dances?” All three bunnies take off, twisting across a spread. The mother bunny obligingly adds this item to the litany: “Here we go... Good-night stories. Good-night songs.... Good-night hugs. Again. Good-night dances.” Cue more shenanigans: “Monsters!” “Jumping beans!” Childish exuberance gleefully alternates with parental restraint until lights out (finally). Meticulous artwork can sometimes drain a story of spirit, but Berger’s careful craftsmanship enhances the warmth of hers. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/31/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 44, p)
  • Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine.As stars appear, mother rabbit declares, "It's sleepy time." Thus begins the rabbits' nightly ritual of reading and singing, hugging and kissing, tucking in and...dancing? Silliness ensues, and the routine starts over, repeating and lengthening as new antics arise. Finally, with a gentle "No," mama carries her happy procrastinators to bed. Cozy in their darkened room, they sleep. The artist's intricately cut collage work neatly captures the bunnies' impish exuberance. And everything, from the text to the design, is meticulously thought through. Readers understand the mother's patience, her slight exasperation, and her love for her brood not only through the words themselves, but also through their visual appearance (size, typography, placement on the page). Likewise, her bunnies' desire for fun is represented by collaged cutout letters; background colors reflect their sleepiness level. It's hard not to compare Berger's tale to the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—both feature an adult female rabbit and a bedtime routine. But where Clement Hurd's surreal, atmospheric artwork stirs the soul, Berger's aesthetic and narrative choices feel more methodical. However, not limited by the collage medium, her skillfully designed work is extremely marketable. Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail.(Picture book. 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10548203
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berger, Carin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 3+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rabbits
  • Bedtime
  • Bedtime
  • Rabbits
  • Mother and child
  • Bedtime
  • Rabbits
Target audience
preschool
Label
Good night! Good night!, Carin Berger
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057582402
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
30 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780062408846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946906596
Label
Good night! Good night!, Carin Berger
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057582402
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
30 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780062408846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946906596

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