Reviews for Good Night Walk

Booklist Reviews 2005 November #1
/*Starred Review*/ PreS. The author and illustrator of Dance (2001) and Ice Cream (2002) offers a gentle picture-book celebration of day's end. "Let's go for a walk, along the block, and see what we can see, before it's time for bed" begins the text, and short, simple phrases describe neighborhood activity: a gardener rests against her wheelbarrow, boys mow a lawn, a postman delivers "the last mail of the day." At the end of the block, near an open view of a bay dotted with boats, the narrator (never pictured but presumably a parent taking a child on an evening stroll) turns back toward home, noticing small details signaling that evening has deepened: "The mail has been opened. . . . The screen door is silent, the apple pie eaten." The clear, unfussy compositions echo the poetic words' soothing, elemental sounds--reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon--which beautifully capture the soft, slow-down rhythms of dusk. Children will find much that's cozy, reassuring, and familiar in the scenes of the residential neighborhood, depicted in luminous watercolors and firmly penciled shapes, and they'll want to talk about what they see. They will also recognize hints of quiet mystery in mundane events, especially the everyday magic of the rising moon and the dreamtime that follows. ((Reviewed November 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
"Let's go for a walk, along the block, and see what we can see, before it's time for bed." The topic seems a natural for Cooper, whose previous books are notable for their leisurely pace and quiet observations. The text is spare and poetic, and Cooper's loose sketches, economical as his text, still convey much. Repeat readings reveal previously missed details. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #6
"Let's go for a walk, along the block, and see what we can see, before it's time for bed." The topic seems a natural for Cooper, whose previous books (County Fair, Building, etc.) are notable for their leisurely pace and quiet observations. Words and pictures on each spread flow naturally into the next: a neighbor "rests against the red wheelbarrow under the oak tree," the tree half visible; the following spread shows the whole tree, whose branches contain a pair of "chattering squirrels," whose trajectory is then shown on the next spread. The text is spare and poetic ("there's the bay, with long boats on top, and the round moon rising above"), and Cooper's loose sketches, economic as his text, still convey much, so that repeat readings reveal previously missed details. The keen-eyed are sure to notice that a cyclist shows up every few spreads; the person seen typing through a window is next spotted outside mailing a letter; raccoons watch trash cans being brought out and on the next spread nose around the cans; and, as the light fades, the moon follows the walkers back home. Like an actual evening amble, this soothing bedtime book is a great way to wind down. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2005 August #2
Cooper's warm and energetic watercolor and ink pictures are more detailed than his usual here, but hold the same evocative engagement with his audience. A child and a parent--since the child is never pictured, the reader takes his or her place--take a walk down their block in the late summer evening. Cooper's images flow along the line of their walk, each spread connecting to the next. A gardening neighbor sits on her red wheelbarrow beneath a huge oak tree, whose squirrels race across it to the next clothesline and that house's bird feeder. A cat rests under an apple tree, whose owner is making pie. Lawns are mowed, burgers flipped. Readers see folks through their windows and on their porches. By the time it's dark and the walkers retrace their steps, each activity has been completed and each family has settled inside. "And all we have seen, we will see again, when we walk along the block in the morning." Cozy and friendly with lots to look at. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2005 September

PreS-Gr 2 -"Let's go for a walk, along the block, and see what we can see…." With this opening line Cooper invites readers on a virtual evening stroll down an ordinary suburban street. On each spread, a new house or two come into view, full of interesting homey details. As the walk progresses, the sky darkens and, finally, it is time to turn back. The artist then shows each house in reverse and points out the small changes that have occurred as night has come on. The text is spare but delightfully descriptive. Cooper's watercolor illustrations are likewise simple, but with very few lines he is able to suggest considerable detail. Children will enjoy pausing to look carefully at each page especially as the sky grows dark and night animals can be seen hiding in shadows. The muted colors and horizontal format of the illustrations give the book a restful feeling and make it a good bedtime story, and the text is easy enough for beginning readers. A lovely choice.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

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