For one restless pup the waking world is too full of wonder to leave behind at bedtime, until he closes his eyes and finds comfort in his dreams. Mary Lyn Ray's warm and accessible picture book celebrates the sights and sounds of the night to reassure young children at bedtime.
It’s time to say goodnight. But what if a dog isn’t sleepy? Intimate and accessible, this young dog story captures how a reluctant pup warms to bedtime in a way that children will recognize immediately--and find as reassuring as their own beds.
"Whether or not audiences catch the kidproxy echoes in the dog’s resistance to bedtime, they’ll be enchanted by the pooch’s dozy meanderings and eventual sleepy example."
—Bulletin, starred review
"Ray’s pleasing text recreates the dog’s experiences without a wasted word. The illustrations expand the narrative and express its tone visually...A satisfying picture book that’s just right for bedtime reading."
"This snuggly bedtime story shows the dog’s girl going happily and quickly to sleep while he pads restlessly about the house, creating a potentially empowering contrast for human bedtime resisters."
—School Library Journal
* "The pace of the page turns gently slows down as this good dog heads to his dreams. Goodnight, Good Dog. Sure to be shelved next to Goodnight, Moon. It deserves that rarefied spot."
—Kirkus, starred review
* "Ray...again proves herself a gifted writer, capable of highly distilled poetic prose that's beautifully accessible and allusive. Malone's bright acrylics, simple shapes, and minimalist detailing...are a terriffic match; her canine hero is endearingly eager."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This effective bedtime story reminds kids that fun will be had again when they wake—but first comes sleep."
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