Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night

Amazon/Two Lions. (Rosie the Dragon and Charlie). Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781542018487.
PreS-Gr 1–Back from Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves, Charlie tries to put his pet and best friend to bed. Despite some cute details, what follows is a by-the-numbers book. In each step of their nighttime schedule, Rosie goes overboard and Charlie must reign her in. Although her actions, like overfilling the bubble bath, are frustrating, Charlie remains positive and patient while continuing to gently guide her through the bedtime process. The vibrantly colored cartoon illustrations reflect the silly, upbeat tone of the story, however sometimes scenes are too busy. The text also feels small on some spreads, even when there is ample negative space to make it larger. Readers may be puzzled by the absence of Rosie’s pajamas after she puts them on. While the story shows that her footie pajamas lead to overheating, it never provides an alternative choice and she remains unclothed for the rest of the story.
VERDICT An additional purchase—and for collections where the first book does well—this entry into the bedtime routine genre promotes inclusivity by featuring a child of color.

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