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. Marco lives with his family in Germany.
Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson
Denise Brennan-Nelson has written a number of books for children, including Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes, Leopold the Lion, Someday Is Not a Day of the Week, My Momma Likes to Say, and the popular Willow series. As a national speaker, Denise encourages adults and children to tap into their imaginations to create richer, fuller lives. She travels the country, sharing her reading and writing enthusiasm with schoolchildren and teachers. Denise lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband, Bob. She strives to spend each day teaching and learning with a creative spirit. Find out more about Denise at www.denisebrennannelson.com.
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