I Just Want To Say Good Night

illus. by Rachel Isadora. 32p. ebook available. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399173844.
PreS—Papa comes in from fishing as the sun sets over the African veld. Papa tells Lala that it's bedtime, but Lala asks to say good night to the cat, bird, goat, monkey, dog, rock, etc. Her patient mother looks on and gently prods her toward settling down. When Lala finally climbs into bed, she just has to say good night to her book. She smiles at the moon outside her window while holding a copy of Goodnight Moon. This gentle title is wholly original and a homage to the classic bedtime story. The oil paint and ink illustrations show a darkening sky and details of life in an unspecified African village; for instance, there are images of women carrying items on their heads, and the child's bedroom is a thatched hut. Universalities, such as a loving family coaxing an adorably stalling child to bed, are also depicted.
VERDICT A charming, soothing bedtime tale that begs to be shared again and again.

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