Top positive review
A sweet story
Reviewed in Canada on February 28, 2021
IF ANIMALS KISSED GOOD NIGHT imagines the bedtime rituals of various animals. The story is sweet, the art beautiful, and the examples of onomatopoeia, alliteration, and rhymes perfect for read-alouds, but what really struck me was how good this book is as a steppingstone to harder, more sophisticated books. Though still very much a book for young children, this narrative uses an expanded vocabulary, with words (mostly verbs) that are not typically common in everyday language (I.e. prance, sway, smooch). There are also a pair of sloths mentioned on the first page and referenced twice more before the end. These callbacks help to illustrate character permanence. There’s a whole series of these books by Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker—highly recommended.
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