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Goodnight, Veggies

By: Diana Murray

Illustrator: Zachariah OHora

As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat. But what’s got them all so exhausted?

Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!

Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint.

ISBN: 9781328866837

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Stories in rhyme , Bedtime , Vegetables , Community gardens , Gardens

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The sun has set over a rooftop urban garden, and the tuckered-out veggies are just about ready to go to bed. From a bird’s nest to an underground home, a worm weaves its way through the patch. Each full spread illustration features one or two vegetables, from tomatoes to rhubarb, with a single sentence that describes the anthropomorphized veggies The sun has set over a rooftop urban garden, and the tuckered-out veggies are just about ready to go to bed. From a bird’s nest to an underground home, a worm weaves its way through the patch. Each full spread illustration features one or two vegetables, from tomatoes to rhubarb, with a single sentence that describes the anthropomorphized veggies. Appropriately, the original paintings were created with vegetarian acrylics. With a steady path for the eye, the gradual change to predominantly dark colors, and the soothing use of alliteration, this book will lull readers towards the same state as the characters. Even if it should not, they may learn a thing or two about vegetables. For early school age children, this works both as an introductory lesson on different types of vegetables, and as a bedtime story.

Horn Book

As the sun sets over a rooftop community garden, it’s time for the garden’s vegetables to get some rest. “Turnips tucked in tightly. / Potatoes closing eyes. / Tuckered-out tomatoes / humming lullabies.” In OHora’s sweet and funny acrylic art, all the veggies have endearing facial expressions (even the tiniest peas and baby carrots). The As the sun sets over a rooftop community garden, it’s time for the garden’s vegetables to get some rest. “Turnips tucked in tightly. / Potatoes closing eyes. / Tuckered-out tomatoes / humming lullabies.” In OHora’s sweet and funny acrylic art, all the veggies have endearing facial expressions (even the tiniest peas and baby carrots). The (intentional) sleepiness of the book’s action is balanced by the presence of a lively earthworm in a baseball cap who swoops through the color-saturated double-page spreads, athletically looping through tunnels and popping up occasionally to check out the dozing garden denizens. The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character are enough to connect story and audience, but at book’s end the text makes the connection even more overtly: “Every veggie’s snoozing, / beneath the moon so bright, / for nothing’s more exhausting / than growing day and night.” The accompanying illustration shows sleeping radishes just below the earth’s surface and the earthworm further underground in its own snug home, all tucked up in its looooooong narrow bed, its single sneaker left by the entrance.

Book Details

ISBN

9781328866837

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Stories in rhyme, Bedtime, Vegetables, Community gardens, Gardens,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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