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Title:
Goodnight, veggies
ISBN:
9781328866837
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
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AD 460 L Lexile
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Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text invite the reader to a community garden where potatoes close their eyes, cabbages nod their heads, and corn covers its ears to go to sleep.
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★ "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." -- The Horn Book , STARRED review

Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora, Goodnight Veggies is perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series and will keep emerging readers engaged with adorable illustrations, especially while children are at home exploring backyards, plant pots, and balcony garden patches.

As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.

But what's got them all so exhausted?

Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants--and humans--everywhere!


Author Notes

Diana Murray writes poetry and books for children including City Shapes, Summer Color!, One Snowy Day , and Doris the Bookasaurus . She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two daughters, and many pets. Diana never met a vegetable she didn't like. Visit her at http://www.dianamurray.com and on Twitter @DianaMWrites.

Zachariah OHora loves veggies, especially when they are pickled. He is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Wolfie the Bunny . And he is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including Niblet & Ralph, The Not So Quiet Library , and My Cousin Momo! Visit him at www.zohora.com and on Instagram: @Fuzzytown


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

This rhythmic journey through a rooftop vegetable garden settling down to sleep names the varied inhabitants of a well-stocked plot--"tossing, turning veggies/ need to get some rest." A smiling pink worm wearing a jaunty newsboy cap and a single tube sock and shoe acts as a friendly guide through each spread, hopping and slinking from a pea-pod tent through raised beds. Signature illustrations by OHora (Who Wet My Pants?) simply anthropomorphize the vegetables described in the text by Murray (Unicorn Day), which occasionally plays on vegetables' characteristics: the worm zooms through dirt while smiling potatoes close their eyes and corn "covers up its ears." As darkness descends, "every veggie's snoozing,/ beneath the moon so bright,/ for nothing's more exhausting/ than growing day and night." The produce-list narrative may be light, but the snuggled-in vegetables and sweet, lilting text offer an effectively snoozy bedtime rhyme. Ages 4--7. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. (Mar.)


Horn Book Review

As the sun sets over a rooftop community garden, its time for the gardens vegetables to get some rest. Turnips tucked in tightly. / Potatoes closing eyes. / Tuckered-out tomatoes / humming lullabies. In OHoras sweet and funny acrylic art, all the veggies have endearing facial expressions (even the tiniest peas and baby carrots). The (intentional) sleepiness of the books action is balanced by the presence of a lively earthworm in a baseball cap who swoops through the color-saturated double-page spreads, athletically looping through tunnels and popping up occasionally to check out the dozing garden denizens. The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character are enough to connect story and audience, but at books end the text makes the connection even more overtly: Every veggies snoozing, / beneath the moon so bright, / for nothings more exhausting / than growing day and night. The accompanying illustration shows sleeping radishes just below the earths surface and the earthworm further underground in its own snug home, all tucked up in its looooooong narrow bed, its single sneaker left by the entrance. Martha V. Parravano March/April 2020 p.65(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Even veggies get tired, it seems.Illustrator OHora's adorable anthropomorphic veggies star in this bedtime ramble. The illustrations, appropriately created with 100% vegetarian paper and acrylic paint, portray veggies in brilliant realistic colors with thick, black-line details that pop against a pale sky or textured brown earth. A pink-segmented worm guide with a rakish hat and one sock and sneaker winds its way through an urban rooftop community garden as day ends, visiting every veggie preparing for bed or "snoozing, / beneath the moon so bright, // for nothing's more exhausting / than growing day and night." In Murray's playful rhyming text, "tuckered-out tomatoes" hum lullabies, cauliflowers cuddle, "beets are / simply beat," and "celery is snoring / as sunset disappears." With just two to nine words per page, the story makes for quick reading, but its steady rhythm, whimsical rhymes, abundant alliteration, and hand-lettered sleep-appropriate sounds to share like "zzzzz" and "snore! snore!" extend the read-aloud experience. The illustrations are equally charming, smiling faces on most of the vegetables matching the worm's grin. One rhubarb stalk improbably holds a book, reading aloud to some broccoli. The eggplants are revealed to have expansive dreams! Familiar garden creatures also hide in plain sight on most garden spreads. The human gardener, seen tangentially at the beginning of the story, has brown skin. A bedtime veggie feast for the eyes and ears. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Featuring vibrant illustrations, lively rhymes, and playful touches, this bedtime read is ideal for fans of veggie-character books. After an opening spread featuring a bird's-eye view of a rooftop garden, a gardener waters her plants at day's end. The visuals then zoom in, following a cheerful earthworm (wearing a baseball cap and one high-top sneaker) leaping to garden beds below. Then, in close-ups and cutaway views, the pictures follow the worm tunneling through the soil as animated vegetables, above and below ground, get ready for bed: Turnips tucked in tightly. / Potatoes closing eyes. / Tuckered-out tomatoes / humming lullabies. As the worm travels on, it passes even more vegetables turning in for the night. Eventually, the worm arrives home, and, under a now-moonlit sky, it's bedtime for all. OHora's bold acrylic illustrations, in bright colors with thick, black outlines, nicely incorporate recognizable shapes with cartoonish details, and though little ones might miss the wordplay, the lilting text lends well to sharing aloud. This artful take on familiar nighttime routines is an enjoyable blend of whimsical, cozy, and sweet.--Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2020 Booklist