Bedtime
stories have been an established part of our youngest daughter’s
bedtime routine for some time now and these two picture books are
ideal for winding down before saying good night.

Goodnight Like This by
Mary Murphy, published by Walker Books

We
were already fans of Mary Murphy’s “Say hello like this”, so
were pleased to find this bedtime version in our local library.

Starting
with bunny rabbits, each double page spread visits a different pair
of creatures carrying out their own bedtime routine. The bunnies are
“yawny and dozy, twitchy and cosy”, the cats “snorey and furry,
stretchy and purry”. The reader can peek under the flaps in each
page to see the sleeping animals.

The
illustrations, painted in all the colours of dusk in the countryside
are both beautiful and calming. The gentle rhyme of the words adds to
the welcome soporific effect, fitting the final message of
“everyone’s tucked up in bed – now it’s your turn, you
sleepyhead”.


Goodnight Everyone by
Chris Haughton, published by Walker Books

We
love Chris Haughton’s distinctive illustrations and bold colour
palette and “Goodnight Everyone” is a lovely choice for a bedtime
read.

It’s
the end of the day and all of the forest animals are sleepy, with
heavy, drooping eyelids. The mice are sleepy, the hares are sleepy,
the deer are sleepy, Great Big Bear is sleepy, all are sleepy,
except, of course, for Little Bear with his big wide open eyes.

For a
while Little Bear tries to entice the other little animals to play
with him, but eventually he lets out a yawn and acquiesces when Great
Big Bear carries him home.

By this
time, all of the animals are sleeping and we visit each snoring
family, depicted in beautiful sunset colours. Finally, Little Bear is
cuddled up, under the twinkling night sky, “goodnight everyone”.

An
extra treat in the end notes are the solar system and constellation
graphics, of course depicting Ursa Major (Great Bear) and Ursa Minor
(Little Bear).

Previous
reviews of other great bedtime reads can be found here:

My
Little Star

I Love You Night and Day
Bedtime with Ted