Book Review: Goodnight, Angels

20 Mar

716877_w185Goodnight, rubber duckie. Thank you for the scrub. Goodnight to the bubbles, Sliding down the tub. As a little boy says goodnight to the things and people in his world, he remembers to offer a thankful nighttime prayer to God.

bio_photo5Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including Romantic Time’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

My Impressions:

If you are looking for a good bedtime story to quietly ready your child for sleep, then check out Melody Carlson’s board book Goodnight, Angels. Detailed and colorful illustrations by Sophie Allsopp add to the simple message of a little boy getting ready for bed. Similar to Goodnight, Moon, this children’s book reinforces God’s love and care. The story follows a little boy as he winds up his day — from bath time, bedtime snacks to bedtime prayers. The slow, repetitive language will surely lull your child to sleep as he comes to understand that God is truly watching over him. The target audience is ages 4-7 and is great for pre-K to new readers.


(Thanks to Zonderkidz for my review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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