Book review: Good Night, Sleep Tight

17 12 2012

good night sleep tight (cover)

Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek, ISBN 9781742832579, Scholastic Australia, RRP $19.99 Published October 2012

Here’s the perfect nursery rhyme book for bedtime.

Bonnie and Ben are being put to bed by their favourite babysitter, Skinny Doug. (Unrelated tangent: Horacek’s Skinny Doug reminds me a lot of a babysitter my brothers and I once had. One night when my brothers kept popping out of the bedroom, he lay flat on his back on the bedroom floor—on a sea of lego—and stayed there until the boys fell asleep. We thought he was the Best Babysitter Ever. Anyway, back to Skinny Doug … )

He shares some nursery rhymes he learnt from his mother, including:

  • Good night, sleep tight
  • It’s raining, it’s pouring
  • This Little Piggy
  • Pat-a-cake
  • Round and round the garden
  • This is the way the ladies ride
  • Star light, star bright

In between each rhyme, Bonnie and Ben cry a catchy refrain—

‘We love it, we love it!’ said Bonnie and Ben.

‘How does it go? Will you say it again?’

A keen illustration-studier will notice that Bonnie, Ben and Skinny Doug become part of the illustration for each rhyme—they are in there riding horses and ‘tickling under there’ with the rest of the cast of characters from each nursery rhyme.

A rollicking and fun take on a bedtime picture book—and a calm ending to send the readers off to bed ready for sleep.

I received a review copy of Good Night, Sleep Tight from the publisher but receive no payment for reviewing it. (I do get to keep the book though. Lucky me!)

© Rebecca Newman December 2012. Review of Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek.…ht-sleep-tight/



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