Perfect Picture Book Friday! Goodnight Already! by Jory John

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because we’ve all known people like Duck (and Bear).

goodnightGoodnight Already!
By Jory John
Illustrations by Benji Davies 
pages – ages 5+
Published by on

Theme/Topic- Sleep

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “I’ve never been so tired. I could sleep for weeks. Months, even!

Synopsis – From Goodreads: “Bear can’t wait to go to sleep.

But Duck wants to hang out.

How will Bear ever fall asleep?”

Why I liked this book- This is a cute book. One character wants to sleep, the other doesn’t. A perfect scenario for mischief! I like Bear’s expressions, and Duck’s wild ideas. The story has a hint of an endless cycle, and a lot of fun. The pictures make you smile and laugh. Mr. John and Mr. Davies make a great team together, and it really keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you know what will happen next, you are in for a surprise! 🙂 I love this book!

Activities and Resources- 

Talk with your child about bedtimes. Maybe about how they should respect other people’s bedtimes, and not bother them unless if absolutely necessary.

Maybe talk about how Duck could have been a better neighbor to bear.

Check out  the trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!




Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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37 replies

  1. I love the trailer for this one! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I love the humor in Goodnight Already! It’s one of my favorite PBs.

  3. Bedtime, sleep and dreams seems to be a theme today. This book sounds hilarious! Also sounds like a book that teaches boundaries. Love the cute trailer.

  4. I, too, enjoyed the trailer; it made me chuckle. This looks to be a fun book.

  5. Sometimes, Mom wants to sleep and I want to play. She says, “ONE toy. ONE!” And then she gets up and helps me pick a toy from my toybox so I can sleep. I don’t play with it. I just sleep…. Go figure.

    Love and licks,

  6. A fun book to read…. and I love the “goodnight already”. and the whole finger-pointing-at-door thing bear has going on.

  7. Really makes me want a duck!

  8. Read this one a week or so ago – SO fun. Great pick, Erik!

  9. Fun stuff, Erik! Having kids that wake in the night makes you feel like that bear lol.

  10. I love the personality on the cover! It’s so cool how picture books can create a fun story from a simple idea.

  11. You always find books with cute characters. Love the expression on bear in the trailer.

  12. This looks really sweet. Love it, Erik…always a delight to read your reviews.

  13. We love this book, too! Can we say it’s unbearably fun? LOL

  14. I laughed out loud at the trailer and it left me thinking about what fun th is book must be. I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  15. Hilarious. Love Bears facial expressions, he does get so pissed off… lol. Love the trailer to. Kids will love this. Thanks for sharing Erik.

  16. This is a very funny book! Great choice for PPBF, Erik 🙂

  17. I LOVE this book and all Benji Davis’ work, to be honest!

  18. We can’t say whats gonna next..!

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