Kids will say: “It’s time . . . to read this again!”
But he doesn’t stop there! There are taxis and vans, garbage and cans, and so many things to greet that when he’s finally done—guess what time it is?
This zingy story sings along like a song, allowing groups or even pre-readers to know when to chime in to say both
“Good morning!” and “Good night!” By the time little heads are resting on pillows, they’ll be in just the right frame of mind for…good dreams!
What makes this bedtime book fresh and different?
It’s mostly about saying “Good morning!” Harriet Ziefert pays homage to the charming
Comden & Green song “I Said Good Morning” by creating an original story in which a boy greets the day with:
Good Morning to the birdies and the bees.
Good Morning to the grass,
Good Morning to the trees,
This springtime-fresh new title comes from the creative team of Harriet Ziefert and Barroux, highly acclaimed for their “hand-in-glove” amalgamation of art and story (Publishers Weekly) in these previous collaborations: My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius, Lucy Rescued, and Bunny's Lessons.
The New York Times
Harriet Ziefert’s “It’s Time to Say Good Night,” illustrated by the Paris-based artist known as Barroux, takes its inspiration from the Betty Comden and Adolph Green song “I Said Good Morning.” It’s a cheerful book, starring a happy little boy who looks out the window at the sun rising over green countryside and greets each thing he sees. “Good morning to the birdies and the bees. / Good morning to the garden, / Good morning to the earth, / Good morning to the water and the seeds.” Next, he hops onto a scooter and visits a city, where he says says good morning to trucks, cars and garbage cans. And then he turns around and says good night to them all before heading for his own cozy bed.
Barroux’s paintings have the look of watercolor painted with a thick brush: His colors are clear and bright, and his trick of leaving a white outline around each thing draws the eye to them and keeps his pages attractively light despite color that stretches all the way to the corners. He and Ziefert have worked together on other books (including “Bunny’s Lessons”) for Blue Apple Books, a small publisher in Maplewood, N.J., and their work here is complementary. While Barroux’s illustrations are freewheeling and casual, Ziefert’s update of the 1950s-era Comden and Green song is repetitive in a way that will appeal to toddlers who enjoy predicting what will come next. In the end, what comes next is — one hopes — a good night’s sleep.
Harriet Ziefert says “Good morning!” and “Good night!” to South Orange, New Jersey.
Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture at the famed École Estienne
and École Boule, then worked as an art director in Paris and Montreal. He eventually
returned to Paris and now creates his art in a fantastical studio in an abandoned
building he shares with other artists.
Ages: 4-8 years
USA 17.99 | Canada 20.99