Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff -- ADVISABLE

Numeroff, Laura Nighty Night, Cooper, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013. $16.99. Content: G.

Cooper is having trouble falling asleep, so he begs his mother to sing him a few songs. She sets her own lyrics to the tune of such numbers as "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and "Jingle Bells." At the end Cooper thinks of a perfect way to put both of them to sleep: by making up his own words and singing them to the music of "Lullabye and Good Night."

Rather than being a traditional going-to-bed book, this story is all about the singing. Even the text amongst the tunes is lyrical, with a sing-song rhyme to it. Little ones who enjoy music will have fun joining in once they learn the new words to each song, though practice is recommended before sharing with a group, as the unique style may make it a little rough to read aloud the first time or two. The juvenile approach makes this one more suitable for young children -- perhaps as a pre-bed lap read, or at a preschool or daycare just before nap time.

Pre-K -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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