I Just Want to Say Good Night
by Rachel Isadora
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016
An innocent, loving African girl says good night to the fish, to the bird, to the goat. She goes on in the African savannah to say good night to the monkey, the ants, and the rock. She says good night to any and all things she can find to avoid going to bed. When she gets into bed, she says good night to her book. When she looks out her window at the full moon, she says, “Good night, moon!”, while holding her book, Good Night Moon.
Illustrated in clear, bright oils with black ink, the artist/author captures perfectly the innocence of a young girl who goes through her good-night ritual to make her good day even better. The brilliant, moving illustrations are startling, warm and comforting all at once and invite the reader to “just look at the pictures.” A very nurturing bedtime story.