Synopses & Reviews
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.
TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES (by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury)
"An instant classic... there's real magic at work here." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain." --THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
Starred reviews in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and BOOKLIST
WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? (by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek)
"This neat and satisfying wedding of text and art... Laughs and interactive play will ensue among readers and listeners, alone or in groups." --BOOKLIST
POSSUM MAGIC (by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas)
"A perfect choice for storytimes." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Bedtime diversions and traditional rhymes are a winning combination here.
When Bonnie and Ben’s favorite baby sitter, Skinny Doug, offers a bedtime salute of “Good night, sleep tight. / Hope the fleas don’t bite!” he embarks on a command performance of seven traditional rhymes. The not-very-sleepy duo keeps him going, as he recites from his personal repertoire: “ ‘We love it! we love it!’ said Bonnie and Ben./ ‘How does it go? Will you say it again?’ ” This catchy refrain follows each of the resourceful baby sitter’s rhymes. To their entreaties to repeat each one, Skinny Doug replies, “I’ll tell you another / I learned from my mother.” After “Good night, sleep tight,” Skinny Doug offers “It’s raining, it’s pouring,” “This little piggie,” “Pat-a-cake,” “Round and round the garden,” “This is the way the ladies ride,” and “Star light, star bright.” The engaging, economical framing text is memorable and sweetly appealing, sure to encourage little listeners to participate. The finite number of rhymes introduced before the baby sitter hustles Bonnie and Ben off to sleep is just right: It’s enough for one sitting, where larger collections bring the inevitable negotiation about where to stop. Horacek’s simple, solid lines and primary colors are friendly, cheery and almost exuberantly inviting.
Sure to be requested and welcome for lapsits and reciting together any time of day." - Kirkus starred review
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.