Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Rebecca Malone - OPTIONAL

Ray, Mary Lyn.  Goodnight, Good Dog, illustrated by Rebecca Malone.  Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2015.  $16.99.  PICTURE BOOK.

The dog recognizes the sounds of night, but he’s just not ready to go to sleep.  He remembers all of the things that he likes to do in the daytime; chasing the sun, his toys, and his dish.  He remembers his words and the last is goodnight.  So reluctantly the dog lays down on his dog bed and goes to sleep.  The next morning he awakes with his young owner and the words, “Good morning, good dog.”  The text doesn’t feel original or fresh and the pictures are pleasant but not memorable.  This picture book is perfectly serviceable for dog lovers, but doesn’t stand out among so many picture books. 
Pre-K, EL-OPTIONAL.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.   

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