Hello, friends! Our book today is Good Day, Good Night, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Loren Long, a previously unpublished work by the beloved author of Goodnight Moon that explores the differences between night and day.
A little bunny sits atop his warren, watching as the sun rises and the day begins. Sunlight fills his little rabbit village and his neighbors begin to populate the cozy lanes, delivering papers, doing chores, and playing games. A family of birds swoops and chirps, bees buzz busily around their hive. Then, as the sun begins to creep back down to the horizon, the day slows, with animals and bunny neighbors finishing their days and settling into their homes to sleep.
This is a sweet story with some real charm, exactly what you would expect from a book authored by Brown. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but there is a nice cadence to the text, which is noticeably livelier during the day scenes then mellows through dusk and night, making it very pleasant to read aloud. The narrative can feel a bit disjointed at times, likely due to the story being adapted from an unpolished manuscript, but it’s not enough to sink the story. The illustrations are a good fit, bringing a fresh look to Brown’s narrative style while still making some very cute callbacks to her well-known classic stories and the Clement Hurd illustrations that accompanied them; for instance, the bunny’s bedroom is shown using the same color scheme as the baby bunny’s room from Goodnight Moon. The length was fine, and JJ enjoyed it. Overall, a very nice story of night and day that leaves the reader with a warm feeling, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!