Reviews for Good Night, World

Booklist Reviews 2011 July #1
Splendid pictures that navigate the earth as night arrives and a small blond-haired child's sweet wonder at the imagined journey raise this offering above most going-to-bed books. Fisher's renditions of pink-and-yellow marbled deserts, white-capped oceans, midnight rivers, and more wash across two-page spreads in intense sheets of color. The curve of a wave hiding the fuzzy outline of whales or a winding road cutting through celery-green grass and navigated by a red chicken complement Perlman's simple rhymes: "Good night, sister, brother, friends. / Close your eyes as daytime ends." By the time the child curls up in an earth-blue ball filled with the shadowy outlined shapes of the animals encountered in the good-night litany, listeners will be ready for their own sweet dreams. End pages listing the ways people say good night in everything from Spanish to Turkish seem a bit superfluous, especially given the book's emphasis on the world's natural wonders, but that's a small quibble. This is a beautiful addition to a traditional picture-book topic. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
A child sends good-night wishes to outer space, various ecosystems, and then home. Perlman's lilting, rhythmic text has a reassuring predictability and is thoughtfully placed on the pages. Fisher's beautifully textured mixed-media illustrations spill across the spreads, with impressionistic landscapes taking form through swathes of saturated color. An appended "Saying Good Night Around the World" spread features sixteen different languages. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #5
"Good night, world; it's time for bed. / It's time for me to rest my head. / Elsewhere in the world it's light. / It's morning there, but here it's night." From a cozy bed, a child gazes out the window, stuffed bunny in hand, sending good-night wishes first to outer space ("Good night, sun and other stars. / Good night, Saturn, Venus, Mars") and then to various ecosystems (deserts, mountains, oceans) before gradually turning back inward and thinking of home: "Good night, street and yard and house. / Good night, rabbit, squirrels, mouse." The lilting, rhythmic text has a reassuring predictability; occasional shifts in sentence structure ("Turning Earth, good night to you," "Ocean's breaking waves, good night") add some ear-pleasing diversity. Text (hand-lettered by Fisher) is thoughtfully placed on the pages to echo Perlman's writing; for example, the "rocky, gurgling stream" spread features words slightly askew as if they're being tossed by a gentle current. Likewise, Fisher's beautifully textured mixed-media illustrations spill across the pages, with impressionistic landscapes taking form through swathes of saturated color. An appended "Saying Good Night Around the World" spread features sixteen different languages. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 June #1

A youngster settling into bed ponders a curious fact:  "Elsewhere in the world it's light. / It's morning there, but here it's night." 

This leads him (or possibly her) to imagine the bird on the window sill flying around the world to say goodnight to everything. Beginning with stars and planets, passing through deserts, mountains and oceans, bidding goodnight to rain forests and animals far away, the bird comes closer and closer to home, to the child's own street and house, yard animals and, finally, his siblings and friends. "Good night, world, / as darkness brings... / SWEET DREAMS / to every living thing." The dreaming child curls up with a stuffed rabbit and the bird. Fisher's slightly surreal mixed-media illustrations on double page spreads combine painted patterns, textures and surprising colors. An oryx bounds across a marbled pink-and-blue desert. Greenish whales cavort in breaking Hokusai-inspired waves, midnight blue and capped with white against a pink sky. On one spread, trees are drawn as crayoned triangles; on another, a single leaf, apparently collage, forms the body. There is much to see and think about in the illustrations for this simple bedtime rhyme. Fittingly, the text concludes with a list of ways to say goodnight in 16 languages, written in appropriate scripts and including pronunciations.

A sweet dream, indeed. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 May #4

As the sun sets, a towheaded child bids good night to the animals and natural phenomena outside in this simple, languid bedtime book. Perlman's (Pocket Kisses) couplets put a particular emphasis on color ("Turning Earth, good night to you./ Good night, deserts, pink and blue") as the book moves from celestial to earthly realms. With an amalgam of textures, batiklike patterns, and images within images, Fisher's (The Snow Show) pictures offer somewhat abstracted visions of familiar motifs--planets in the sky, breaking waves, animals in their habitats. Swirling strokes give some scenes a sense of motion; "Good night, rocky, gurgling stream," reads the verse as inky, turbulent waters pour down a neon green hillside, dotted by triangular and scribbly trees. Fisher also hand-letters the text and adds a connecting thread: a red-winged bird appears in each spread and eventually curls up with the sleeping child. The text's repetition of good-night wishes strikes a familiar chord, and though the art feels fresh, it has a certain remoteness as well. While the world depicted isn't unfriendly, it's not especially comforting either. Ages 2-5. (July)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 June

PreS-K--Good Night Moon (Harper, 1947) goes global in this lovely ode to the world. A child getting ready for bed bids good night to everything he knows about. Starting large with the sun and the stars, he includes Earth's deserts, mountains, oceans, and animals, and then narrows in on his neighborhood, family, and friends. The evocative rhyme scans perfectly: "Turning Earth, good night to you./Good night, deserts pink and blue./Good night mountains capped in white./Ocean's breaking waves, good night." Each verse is grandly illustrated with a large, double-page painting. Fisher's multicolored, textured drawings match the expansive tone of the book with a wide palette of swirling colors and layered details. Children will love poring over the lush pictures in this gentle nighttime lullaby.--Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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