Book Review: Goodnight, Ark

30 Jun

737841Beds are ready. Food is stored. Noah hollers, “All aboard!” It’s bedtime on Noah’s ark, but the animals can’t sleep because of the storm. Two by two, they crowd into Noah’s bed, creating a sticky situation. Will Noah ever get them back to their own beds? Climb aboard the ark for this rollicking, yet ultimately restful bedtime story as Noah finds a way to make things calm and cozy, even in the midst of a storm.

(Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4)


img_9440Laura Sassi’s poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in many publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., FamilyFun, and Pack-O-Fun. She has a passion for playing with words and rhyming and is delighted to announce that her first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK, published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company, and illustrated by Jane Chapman releases this coming August. A second picture book, GOODNIGHT, MANGER, is also slated for publication by Zonderkidz, with a date TBA. Laura writes from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her awesome husband, two adorable kids, and a black cockapoo named Sophie.


199fed7f03190ac1d188dc.L._V180543050_SX200_Award winning illustrator Jane Chapman graduated from university with a First Class Honors degree in illustration. Working as both Jane Chapman and under her pseudonym Jack Tickle, she has had more than 75 titles published in more than 20 countries. Jane is perhaps best known for her illustrations in Karma Wilson’s Bear books, an internationally bestselling series which has garnered a string of awards including the Oppenheim Platinum Book Award for Bear Snores On.

Jane’s favorite thing to paint? SNOW!

Jane is married to children’s author / illustrator Tim Warnes. They live in the South West of England with their 2 boys.

My Impressions:

Beautifully illustrated and filled with fun rhymes, Laura Sassi’s children’s book, Goodnight, Ark, is the perfect read for bedtime. Noah has loaded his ark with all kinds of animals and now it’s time for bed. But as the rain starts and the water rises, nervous animals pay a sleeping Noah a night time visit. Your children are going to love the antics of the animals as they try to climb into bed with the slumbering Noah. But don’t worry about them not getting back to sleep, Noah knows just what his guests need to calm down and rest. Colorful and fun, this book is ideal for that special child in your life.


(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a galley for review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Goodnight, Ark is due out in August. You can pre-order the book by clicking on the image below.



One Response to “Book Review: Goodnight, Ark”


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