Good Night, Reindeer
by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Christmas is coming and it's time to get a full night's rest at the North Pole. Santa checks in on all his reindeer to make sure they're tucked in for the night. All the lights are out, except one . . . Good night, Rudolph! Told in simple rhyme, this is a perfect bedtime story for children who just can't wait for Christmas morning.
- Dewey: [E]
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585363704): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 09/15/2017
- PDF (9781534103153): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 09/15/2017
- Hosted ebook (9781534103306): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 09/15/2017
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 7
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 10
- Guided Reading Level: G
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories (JUV019000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent (JUV017010)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Deer, Moose & Caribou (JUV002290)
School Library Journal - Good Night, Reindeer
Reviewed on 1 October 2017
In simple, patterned language reminiscent of the classic Goodnight Moon, Mr. and Mrs. Claus say good night to each of their reindeer, saving Rudolph for last. Bucci’s paintings are full of humorous details that give each reindeer a distinct personality. “Good night, Donner./Good night, day./Good night, Dasher./Good night, sleigh.” The repetition and lulling verse might be just the ticket to settle down excited revelers. VERDICT A good choice for secular Christmas storytimes.
Publishers Weekly - Good Night, Reindeer
Reviewed on 1 September 2017
Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and habits of Santa’s reindeer in this bedtime-oriented Christmas story. As Santa and Mrs. Claus bid the reindeer good night (“Good night, reindeer./ Good night, Blitzen./ Time for bed./ Good night, Vixen”), the animals’ bedrooms give readers a sense of their interests: Dancer is pirouetting in a pink tutu instead of sleeping, Cupid is rocking out on drums, studious Donner is planning for the big night with a map and globe, and Dasher is up late reading. Bucci’s digital paintings have a claylike quality reminiscent of 3-D animated films, and Brennan-Nelson’s simple, sturdy rhymes build to a closing gag that involves Rudolph’s unwillingness (or inability) to turn out the lights. A pleasing holiday bedtime story that strikes a neat balance between restfulness and rowdiness. Ages 4–8.
Illustrator: Marco Bucci
Marco Bucci recognized two things at a young age. The first was that he wanted to become a professional artist. The second was that he couldn’t draw. This delayed him for quite some time. He filled that time pursuing other artistic interests such as music and writing. But the urge to draw never left him. At age nineteen he began to study classical drawing, which led him to kindle a love for painting and illustration. He hasn’t looked back since. You can usually find Marco painting outdoors, or illustrating books from his home in Toronto, Canada, where he lives with his fiancée and three cats.
Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson
Denise Brennan-Nelson is a multi-award winning children’s book author and motivational speaker. She wrote her first children’s book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Other titles include Someday is Not a Day of the Week, a touching story about making time for what is really important in life; and Willow, chosen the Most Outstanding Children’s Book for 2009 by the Executive Committee of the Mom’s Choice Awards. Willow is the story of a little girl who colors outside the lines, thinks outside the box, and ends up awakening the creativity of her by-the-book art teacher. Denise also wrote J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet.
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