Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
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Publishing Date: August 5, 2014
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Food is stored.
It's bedtime on Noah's ark, but the animals can't sleep because of the storm. Two by two, they crowd into Noah's bed, creating a sticky situation. Will Noah ever get them back to their own beds? Climb aboard the ark for this rollicking, yet ultimately restful bedtime story as Noah finds a way to make things calm and cozy, even in the midst of a storm.
First, let me apologize to just about everyone out there. I have fallen behind on the blogging schedule, and while I race to catch up on a few other things in life, my reviews have gotten out of hand. This week will be pretty review heavy! I appreciate your stopping by to check out these phenomenal books in advance :)
Goodnight, Ark was the perfect pick for Baby Girl. The author creates a delightfully fun bedtime story, that is both quirky and comical. It was not what I was expecting. Most books and stories about Noah and the Ark focus on the building of the ark, the loading of the animals, the flood, and so on. Sassi pauses the story and takes us in for a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the first night on the ark with the animals. The rhyming and cadence are fun for both parent and child, easily reminding us of the rolling waves beneath the ark.
And oh my goodness the adjectives! This book will open up a whole new vocabulary for your child to learn: quail, zoom, zing, thump, stomp, rumble, pouncing, snorting, blaring, and so much more! Because of the excitement of the book and the actions your child would love to replicate, I would say this book is better read before other more calming bedtime books.
The illustrator, Jane Chapman, has illustrated over a hundred books including some NYT bestsellers. Let me just say: the illustrations are.the.best. Each painting is a double page spread and uses all available white space to illustrate the story and action, but also to draw the eye to all the beautiful details. Just check out the video below to get a glimpse of all the animals :)
So I easily rate this book as 5 stars. Baby Girl loves the animals and I think she will grow into it more as she grows up as well. Add this one to the bedtime routine, and soon!