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Author: Jory John

Illustrator: Benji Davies

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Exhausted Bear is ready for bed. His neighbor, Duck, is wide away and ready to play. Does Bear want to play games, make smoothies, play cards, talk all night, start a band, or make cookies with Duck? No! What happens after Bear grumps his final "Goodnight Already!" Who will sleep? This bedtime story sooths kids and gets them ready for bed with humor.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 1.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: They requested - and we read - this book a lot! They loved it. They thought Duck was hilarious! Both the words and illustrations sent them into peals of laughter.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book. It's a cute story, with a clever dialogue and narrative development. It's also quite relatable for any parent who has been kept up by their child. I wasn't surprised my kids liked Goognight Already! They typically like any humorous book with animals as the protagonist.

Pros: This is a cute story featuring two relatable characters and funny events. The clever illustrations add to the fun ... and you get to enjoy the sound of your child's laughter with every reading.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This would be a good birthday book for younger children.


Educational Themes: This is primarily a book for sharing just for fun! Without too much stretching, you could talk about sensitivity (both parties), understanding others, and the push-pull of friendship.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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