Review of the Week: “Goodnight, Good Dog”

Goodnight Good DogRay, Mary Lyn. Goodnight, Good Dog. Rebecca Malone, Illus. Picture Book. Houghton, 11/2015. [32]pp. $16.99. 978-0-544-28612-2. OUTSTANDING. GRADES TOD-2.

As the house quiets down for the night, a dog cannot sleep thinking about running in the sunshine, playing with his toys, and eating his food. Malone’s illustrations show that the dog has been accompanied in all of his daytime activities by a little girl who he now finds sleeping in her room. The poetic text is sparse and perfectly complemented by colorful acrylic illustrations that reflect this dog’s fun-filled and cozy life. Word play and repetition add to the pleasure of reading this outstanding bedtime story.

Katrina Bergen, Berkeley PL

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