Thank You and Good Night – Picture Book Review

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 Thank You and Good Night
by Patrick McDonnell
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2015)

 

At a Glance

Pros

  • Wonderful, sweet story
  • Beautiful watercolor illustrations
  • The ending just makes you smile
  • The prose, especially towards the end, is perfect.

Cons

  • I can’t think of a single one
You know that you’ve struck gold when you don’t want to return a picture book to the library. I kept hold of this one until the last day, and it legitimately saddened me to drop it in the return chute. I now have it on order from Amazon. I do not buy very many books, but I cherish the ones that I do. For me, this is an instant classic.
Text and illustrations ©  Patrick McDonnell
The illustrations, done in pen and watercolor on handmade paper, are beautiful. I consistently enjoy McDonnell’s style and this one doesn’t disappoint.
The story starts out cute enough and gets better as it goes along. Three little friends have a fun time during a sleepover. When it’s time to lay down, they go over all the things they are thankful for during the day. The prose here is beautiful. The ending, which was a happy little twist, filled my heart with unexpected joy. I could read this one every night to my children.

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