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Goodnight Veggies

Written by Diana Murray

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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Goodnight Veggies Review

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Cooking / Food Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 3+ readers Gardening

In a peapod: rows of cute little veggies happily falling asleep will get everyone ready for bed

Rows of adorable little veggies tuck themselves up for the night in their flower beds in this charming and whimsical picture book.  The potatoes are closing their eyes, the tired-out tomatoes humming lullabies, and the little aubergines are already dreaming, after all, nothing’s more exhausting than growing day and night. The text is short and its rhythm and rhymes make it just right for bedtime reading while the pictures of the vegetables, cosy and smiling in their beds, will set the liveliest toddler in the mood for sleep. A worm tunnels through each page and at the book’s end he too is stretched out for the night fast asleep, his one shoe lined up tidily at the foot of the bed. Gorgeous!

Andrea Reece

Goodnight Veggies Synopsis

As the sun begins to set over the garden, the tomatoes are tucked in, the cucumbers are calm, and the beetroots are simply beat. But what's got them all so exhausted? Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants - and humans - everywhere!

Goodnight Veggies Press Reviews

Sweet and funny... The (intentional) sleepiness of the book's action is balanced by the presence of a lively earthworm in a baseball cap who swoops through the color-saturated double-page spreads, athletically looping through tunnels and popping up occasionally to check out the dozing garden denizens. The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character are enough to connect story and audience... - Horn Book Horn 2020 Summer Reading List, starred review

Perfectly suited for reading aloud... the simple text, solid rhythm, and effective alliteration put this in the reach of beginning readers as well. OHora's illustrations have a rich earthiness to them. Even the most veggie-averse kid will appreciate this cute bunch of crudites. - BCCB

Featuring vibrant illustrations, lively rhymes, and playful touches.... This artful take on familiar nighttime routines is an enjoyable blend of whimsical, cozy, and sweet. - Booklist

Steady rhythm, whimsical rhymes, abundant alliteration, and hand-lettered sleep-appropriate sounds to share like zzzzz and snore! snore! extend the read-aloud experience. A bedtime veggie feast for the eyes and ears. - Kirkus

Snuggled-in vegetables and sweet, lilting text offer an effectively snoozy bedtime rhyme. - Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781839130434
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130434
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Diana Murray
Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Cooking / Food, Ecological and Environmental, Gardening
Collections: 40 Great Bedtime Stories for the Under 5s,

About Diana Murray

Diana Murray writes poetry and books for children. Her other books include City Shapes, Summer Color!, One Snowy Day, and Doris the Bookasaurus. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two daughters, and many pets. 

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