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Good Night, Sleep Tightby Mem Fox
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A sweet good-night story by internationally bestselling picture book author Mem Fox!
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT reunites bestselling picture book author Mem Fox with illustrator Judy Horacek, following their collaboration on WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP?
In this sweet story that's just perfect for bedtime reading, Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime--including "It's raining! It's pouring! The old man is snoring"; "This little piggy went to market"; and more. Bonnie and Ben enjoy the stories so much that they don't want to go to sleep; they want to hear each one again! Instead the babysitter tells them new nursery rhymes until, finally, all three of them fall fast sleep.
"This is one of those sneaky stories that starts out slight and unsurprising but is over far too soon. Fox combines the power of repetition with a lead character — a cool babysitter named Skinny Doug — who acts as a Scheherazade of nursery rhymes. His two charges immediately imagine themselves as players or spectators in the familiar rhymes: sitting in a yellow roadster (with Skinny Doug in the driver's seat), they watch the little piggy run down a hill saying, 'Wee, wee, wee, wee,' all the way home. Both enthralled and sensing a way to delay bedtime, the kids demand repeat performances (' Ã¢Â€Â˜We love it! We love it!' said Bonnie and Ben./ Ã¢Â€Â˜How does it go? Will you say it again?' '), only to discover that Skinny Doug always has a new tale up his striped sleeve. Horacek, Fox's collaborator on the Where Is the Green Sheep?, has again found a text ideal for her naÃ¯f watercolor and ink cartoons. The pictures' visual directness and goofy playfulness capture the spirit of the timeless rhymes and the enviable relationship between the lanky storyteller and his adoring audience. Ages 3 — 5. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Mem Fox is Australia's most highly regarded picture book author. Her first book, POSSUM MAGIC, is the bestselling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of over 4 million. In the U.S., TIME FOR BED and WILFRID GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE have each sold over 1 million copies. Mem has written over 35 picture books for children and five nonfiction books for adults, including the bestselling READING MAGIC, aimed at parents of very young children.
Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist, artist, writer, and children's book creator. Her cartoons have been pinned up on doors and walls all over the world. She is also sometimes a visiting artist for schoolchildren and an after-dinner speaker for grownups. She is the illustrator of Mem Fox's WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? as well as the author and illustrator of seven other children's books.
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