Goodnight, Anne

illus. by Genevieve Godbout. 40p. (Inspired by Anne of Green Gables). Tundra. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770499263.
PreS-Gr 1—Anne of Green Gables meets Goodnight, Moon in this charming bedtime tale. Stern but loving Marilla tries to encourage the effervescent Anne to go to sleep, but the effusive charge she and her brother have decided to foster must first bid goodnight to all of her new friends at Green Gables and Avonlea. From kindred spirit Diana Barry to her favorite nooks, each of the people and places she holds dear is given a poetic greeting and adieu. Godbout's gorgeous pastels and colored pencils are awash in somber, nighttime tones, but the warm and welcoming shades of cheery reds and greens peek through, giving young children a sense of what the lively environment looks like during the day. The characters' pitch-perfect expressions will delight readers. The dreamy quality of the writing and images are just right for the classic heroine and story. Whether as a primer to the source material for newcomers or a shorter version for use during nightly rituals, this is a lovely tale to be shared one-on-one or during bedtime storytimes.
VERDICT An inspired choice for picture book collections, especially where there are fans of the irrepressible Anne looking to share with the little ones in their lives.

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