Synopses & Reviews
Legendary performer Billy Joel's heartwarming lovesong from parent to child is now a book for families to treasure.
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
Goodnight my angel
Now it's time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say.
With words as tender as a kiss on the cheek, Billy Joel reassures readers young and old that the love between a parent and child lasts forever, even if families are separated. Dreamy paintings of a father and daughter illustrate the profound ways that small moments -- like tucking a child into bed -- affirm parents' devotion to their children.
"Joel's first children's book pairs the lyrics of a song he wrote for his daughter with British artist Gilbert's (A Dictionary of Fairies) closely focused, textured colored pencil artwork introducing a father and his cherubic daughter. As the man tucks the child into bed, Joel's words offer reassurance: 'I promised I would never leave you./ And you should always know wherever you may go,/ no matter where you are, I never will be far away.' The sugary images take fanciful flight after the child closes her eyes: she and her father appear in a sailboat ('Remember all the songs you sang for me when we went sailing on an emerald bay') and, in another moonlit scene, the girl opens her arms to a swarm of butterflies ('Goodnight, my angel, now it's time to dream. And dream how wonderful your life will be'). In a confusing visual accompaniment to the line 'Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullabye,...' the same girl snuggles with a woman (presumably her mother), yet the song lyric would seem to refer to the youngster's own future child. The book will appeal more to parent than child (a final illustration depicts the lass sleeping as her father's fingers stroke her cheek). Featuring a soft pastel palette, Gilbert's idealized images of the long-lashed heroine and luminous landscapes echo the unabashedly sentimental strains of Joel's song. The singer performs this soothing tune on a CD tucked into a plastic envelope on the inside back cover. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Grammy( and Tony( Award-winning singer/songwriter expresses the deep bond between a parent and child through his song "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)," now adapted as a beautiful picture book. Includes a CD with Joel's recording of his song. Full color.
Time to close your eyesAnd save these questions for another dayGoodnight my angelNow it's time to sleepAnd still so many things I want to say.With words as tender as a kiss on the cheek, Billy Joel reassures readers young and old that the love between a parent and child lasts forever, even if families are separated. Dreamy paintings of a father and daughter illustrate the profound ways that small moments -- like tucking a child into bed -- affirm parents' devotion to their children.