Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Penelope Says Good Night

Penelope Says Good Night

Georg Hallensleben
For ages 2 to 4
Scholastic, 2006   ISBN: 978-0439673594

Penelope is making chocolate pancakes for dinner tonight. Goodness what a mess she is making in the process! Look at her dress and her face, chocolate everywhere. Time for a bath I think, but Penelope is going to need some help. Will you help her get clean and help her get ready for bed?

First Penelope needs help making sure that the bath water is not too hot. Then she needs you to help her wash her face – there’s a lot of chocolate on it! When she finally gets into bed she asks if you would be willing to read her a story. Now at last the story is told and look, Penelope is fast asleep. Would you turn out her lights please?

In this charmingly interactive novelty book little children will find themselves becoming a part of Penelope’s evening ritual as she has her bath, goes to the bathroom, listens to her bedtime story, and turns out her light. By pulling tabs and turning dials they can participate in the story and it is almost of if Penelope herself is speaking to them.

A simple yet engaging text along with bright and cheerful paintings created in a child friendly style makes this a book which little children are sure to enjoy.