On its own, this is a very sweet, adorable book, with beautiful illustrations. But compared against "If Animals Said Goodnight", I feel it doesn't quite reach the same caliber. "If Animals Said Goodnight" is longer, has a cute tie-in with the sloths which are still slowly kissing as the book visits all sorts of different animals (this book has a tie-in with the gorillas, but it's not as consistent), and it lends itself more to the reader creating lots of sound effects with the story, which is delightful and keeps the little ones rapt (for example, "klick-klack" and "howl" and "growl"). This book has some of this, but not as much.
If I was comparing this book to the "Goodnight" book in the series, I would give it 4 stars. But I do feel that this book is worthy, especially as a standalone compared against all the other baby books out there (many of which I find are not to my liking). I find I personally prefer baby and toddler books which are sweet and beautiful as opposed to childish and silly ones. This series has beautiful art instead of colourful doodles, and while it's just a matter of preference, I feel this style is much better.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this for baby and toddler story time, and for young readers.
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