Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Good Night, World

Good Night, World

Willa Perlman
Illustrator:  Carolyn Fisher 
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1442401976

Night has fallen, and a little boy is going to bed. Holding his stuffed bunny, he sits on his bed, looks out of the window, and thinks about the fact that in other places it is morning, “but here it’s night.”

Then the little boy starts to wish the world goodnight. He begins with the sun and the planets, including Earth, and then goes on to deserts that are “pink and blue.” He says goodnight to the mountains with their snow-capped peaks, and to the froth-tipped ocean waves.

As he wishes a goodnight to one place after another, we are taken to all kinds of wonderful places. Among other things, we see a rainforest where a gibbon mother carries her baby on her back. We see a twisting road curling over a countryside, and a house with its yard and shed.

With a musical rhyming text and remarkable multimedia illustrations, this book will remind children that they are part of a big and beautiful world that is full of people, animals, and extraordinary places. The cadence of the text is soothing, like a lullaby, which makes this a perfect last-thing-at-night book to read. Little children will enjoy looking for the little bird that is present in every single illustration.