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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Good Night, Good Night: A Going to Sleep Picture Book by author and illustrator Helen H. Wu is a short children’s book that speaks of the nightly trials and joys that come with having a child, from the perspective of a mother and son who are monkeys. A few other animals make appearances throughout to entice young readers. The pages exhibit short rhyming dialogue, as well as pastel colorings, in addition to darker colorations depicted in the illustrations.
Helen H. Wu’s Good Night, Good Night: A Going to Sleep Picture Book really spoke to me. The rhyming is perfectly worded, without being too in your face as some rhymes can be. The words are also simple enough that it will be a perfect book to use to help your child when they begin to learn to read. It has a perfect balance of interaction with the mother monkey, as well as the other creatures that come into play throughout as the story progresses. What I couldn't get over were the illustrations; they really catch your eye and bring you into the story in a way that I haven't experienced much in my lifetime. They gelled so well with the story. This reminded me a good bit of my favorite story as a child, Good Night Moon. Helen H. Wu’s story took me back to my childhood, and you can’t ask more than that from a child’s book. I would definitely snap this book up as quickly as you can; it’s a story that your little one is going to request night after night.