Director Jewels: Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi {Children's Book Review}

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi {Children's Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

There are a lot of children's books about Noah's Ark, but it's not typical to find a title that ventures far outside the norm. In most stories, you expect to find Noah building the ark, gathering the animals, waiting forty days and nights, then waiting until dry land is found so that they can disembark. This picture book instead features a tale of what may have taken place while Noah and the animals inhabited this floating home. Goodnight, Ark is a fanciful book that takes young readers right along on the journey.

The story begins with Noah loading the animals into the ark, but then nighttime falls and the rain starts to fall - that's when everything turns a little crazy inside the ark! Author Laura Sassi has penned a lyrical, rhyming text that kids will identify with, as the story is all about how none of the animals can sleep because of the rainstorm raging outside.

Noah finds his bed filled with all sorts of creatures as the night progresses. I really love that they are not all typical animals - right alongside tigers, elephants, and sheep, we find boars, quail, and skunks. The delightful illustrations by Jane Chapman certainly put this title in my list of recent favorite finds.  The color choices set the tone for this book to be effectively used at bedtime. They are soft and comforting - making the interior of Noah's Ark seem like a cozy barn.

My kids are big fans of this book and ask to read it frequently. I love having this title in our collection.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for my review sample of this book. I received no compensation for posting a review and all views expressed are my own.

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