Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: God Bless You & Good Night by Hannah C. Hall, Illustrated by Steve Whitlow


GOD BLESS YOU & GOOD NIGHT
by Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Steve Whitlow
Thomas Nelson
Picture Book / Religious
20 pages


This sweet book will make sure your little one falls to sleep feeling secure and loved.

Bedtime Bibles and storybooks are evergreen classics that sell through year after year. Seasoned brands and new names alike are seeing surging sales in this felt-need genre as parents are looking for comforting books with Bible stories, verses, and prayers to settle kids down to sleep.

In "God Bless You and Good Night," sleepy little ones are reminded of God's blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed. These sweet, sometimes silly rhymes and adorable art are sure to make "God Bless You and Good Night" a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.
 



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With a snuggly parade of adorable animals and flowing rhymes, this book helps drift into the land of dreams.

Big, bold illustrations on every two-page spread background a lovely, four-lined poem, which hits upon familiar, bedtime rituals.

The illustrations in this book make it a treat for young listeners. They are colorful while maintaining a calming color scheme for tired, little eyes. Each four-line poem is highlighted by a different baby animal and its guardian, making sure that the feeling of love and care radiates off the page. There are familiar animals as well as a bit more unfamiliar ones, guaranteeing that kids will find a favorite. From the Artic to Australia to urban homes, a large variety of habitats is shown. The animals are given a little bit of a human touch (a pair of pants, a teddy bear), but always just a slight hint, while the main part of the illustrations keep a more natural air about them. It's a lovely mixture, which gives young listeners something to smile about while letting them view their favorite creatures in settings they'll recognize.

The poem flows smoothly, while adding a tad bit of the unexpected without becoming jaunting. The moments portrayed mirror familiar bedtime rituals and some sillier times like when the stomach suddenly rumbles for food. The wording is easy to understand and holds some cuter phrases like 'snuggle bug'. Of course, the religious thoughts are present but never over power the rest of the poem. Rather, they naturally flow in.

It's a sweet read for young animal lovers, and great for a last read before those eyes close for a good night's sleep.

I received a complimentary copy from Booklook Bloggers.