Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora

Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora

Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora (9781328866837)

At sunset the garden needs its rest, but the vegetables are tossing and turning. Turnips are “tucked in tightly” while potatoes are closing their eyes. Tomatoes are humming lullabies and cauliflowers cuddle by droopy pea pods. The baby lettuce and baby carrots are snuggling while rhubarb reads stories to the broccoli. Soon the other vegetables are calm as the cucumbers. As the moon gets bright all of them are sleeping, tired from growing all day and all night.

Written in a musical rhyme, this picture book is ideal for reading aloud to toddlers and preschoolers. It takes a spring theme of gardening and turns it into a bedtime book that will make everyone tired, since little children are growing day and night too. Throughout the book, humor cleverly used alongside alliteration, making the book a treat for adults as well.

The art by OHora is marvelous. Readers can follow a worm through the garden as he tunnels past the tired veggies and finally falls asleep himself. The images move from showing root vegetables to garden beds from above, creating a winding path through this abundant garden.

Clever and seasonal, this spring bedtime book is one worth picking. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

 

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 10

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Children’s books must be diverse, or kids will grow up believing white is superior – The Conversation

Children’s Institute 2020: Big Kids’ Books for Summer/Fall 2020 – Publishers Weekly

Children’s literature as ‘seed work’ – Penn Today

David Walliams accused of fatshaming and classism in children’s books – The Independent

Diversifying your home library can help you raise an anti-racist child – MSN

Frog and Toad and Me – Slate

Marvel and Scholastic to launch all-new line of original graphic novels for young readers – Marvel

LIBRARIES

Head of public library service resigns after controversy over qualifications – CBC

Library Director Paula Kiely Retiring – Urban Milwaukee

Madison libraries could see hours, staff, branch cuts due to budget shortfalls from coronavirus – Channel3000

YA BOOKS

10 powerful books about being black in America for teens and young adults – Business Insider

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in July – Tor

July 2020 book releases: YA – The Nerd Daily