Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Brimful Bedtime Book: Night's Nice Book Review

I'm starting a new feature. Every first Tuesday of the month I'll highlight a favorite bedtime book. I'm kind of a night owl and so are my children it seems, so it is nice to read something at bedtime to help us all wind down. Here's my first Brimful Bedtime Book review:

"For kings and for kittens,
For birds in a tree.
Night's nice for sleeping
For you and for me."

- Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley

Perhaps you've heard of Ed Emberley before? Maybe you've read Go Away, Big Green Monster! Or maybe you've run across one of his many drawing books like Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book? If you haven't, you should.

Now here's your chance to familiarize yourself with an Emberley classic, Night's Nice. This one's a collaboration between husband and wife, illustrated by Ed Emberley and written by Barbara Emberley. (The talented pair later won a Caldecott for their book, One Wide River to Cross.) A gorgeous gift edition reprint of Night's Nice was just recently released by Little, Brown and Company. The book, first published in 1962, has all the ingredients you'd expect in a good night read: blue night skies, stars, and moon, animals, a king and rhyming text. I'm getting sleepy just writing about it.

Night's Nice is a short, fun picture book describing all the things for which night is nice. Even holidays like the 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas are included. New Year's Eve was not mentioned though, sorry! Ed Emberley's watercolor illustrations in Night's Nice are vibrant, slightly 60ish retro and full of life. My favorite spreads are the Christmas Eve illustration as well as a pink tinged illustration of a child in bed at the end of the book. The new, high-quality edition has a cloth binding, silver foil lettering and a die-cut moon opening on the front.

Night is nice for many reasons, but it is especially nice for reading a book like this classic!

Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley. Little, Brown and Company (November 2008), 32 pages, ISBN 9780316066235

Related links:
LB-Kids Author Ed Emberley Page
Ed Emberley Biography at Scholastic.com