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Author: Margaret Wise-Brown

Illustrator: Clement Hurd

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: board book

Summary: This is THE classic bedtime story. A little bunny wishes absolutely everything and everybody (including "nobody!") a good night. A soothing bed-time story that all ages can remember and enjoy.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Started reading with my infant daughter.

Young Reader Reaction: This is frequently requested, although the mild pace and soothing words mean the only reaction is likely to be a thumb comfortably in the mouth.

Adult Reader Reaction: Warm, inviting, comfortable--like an old quilt.At age 5, he'll still stay in the Reading Chair to have this read to his baby sister.

Pros: The undisputed classic children's bedtime story; simple words, soothing and calming for bedtime.

Cons: It encourages good delay tactics: it's acceptable to wish absolutely everything in the house "goodnight".

Borrow or Buy: Buy. No home library should be without it.


Educational Themes: Aside from learning how to perfect delay tactics, there are plenty of opportunities for even the youngest reader to identify objects.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, classic literature, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at (Barnes & Noble).


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