- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (Sept. 25 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781770499263
- ISBN-13: 978-1770499263
- ASIN: 1770499261
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.1 x 28.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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- #69 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep
- #120 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings
Goodnight, Anne: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables Hardcover – Sep 25 2018
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“Goodnight, Anne, a fine tribute to a classic work, holds an original charm all of its own. Highly Recommended” --CM Magazine
“A nearly flawless book that invokes nostalgia in older readers and will undoubtedly make newcomers clamor to know what happens next.” --Kirkus, starred review
“Read this one to kindred spirits before bed and maybe they’ll, too, thank their loved ones every night.” --Booklist
About the Author
KALLIE GEORGE is an author, editor and creative writing teacher living in Vancouver, B.C. She has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including The Lost Gift, Secrets I Know, Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and The Melancholic Mermaid, as well as the The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series and The Heartwood Hotel series. She has also taught writing workshops for children and adults across Canada, as well as in South Korea, and currently teaches at Emily Carr University.
Born and raised in Quebec, GENEVIÈVE GODBOUT studied traditional animation in Montreal and at the prestigious Gobelins school in Paris. She is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including The Pink Umbrella, When Santa Was a Baby, Kindergarten Luck (Chronicle) and Joseph Fipps (Enchanted Lion). Some of her clients include The Walt Disney Company, Chronicle, HMH, Flammarion, Bayard, Les éditions Milan and La Pastèque. She also works for clothing designers like Nadinoo and Mrs. Pomeranz, creating illustrations and prints for their collections.
From the Publisher
This is 'Anne-with-an-e' for a new, younger generation of children, but it's sure to appeal to longtime Anne fans as well.
Genevieve Godbout is known for her sweet vintage-style children's illustrations, most recently seen in the successful When Santa Was a Baby and The Pink Umbrella.
Kallie George has earned awards and accolades for her picture books and chapter book series.
Beautiful bedtime book
Goodnight stories are perennial favorites for kids and parents alike, and this lovely bedtime tale will resonate with readers young and old, whether they're familiar with Anne or not.
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It's bedtime at Green Gables and Marilla is trying to get Anne Shirley to bed, but first Anne must say goodnight to the people and places she knows. So there are goodnights to Matthew and Diana. The snow queen and the Lake of Shining Waters are the fanciful things Anne Shirley likes. Marilla finally gets her to settle down, but not without a final goodnight from Anne.
The text is based on the first book, and readers familiar with the book will find a smile as they remember Matthew's kindness or Rachel Lynde's nosiness. The reason I chose to review this were the illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, who has become a favorite illustrator of mine over a short period of time. The illustrations are gentle and beautiful. I love the theme of butterflies that runs through the book, and I think Anne's spirit animal is a butterfly that flies erratically around.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
This is a beautifully illustrated bedtime book, but I'm not entirely certain who the audience is intended to be.
The full-page, double-spread illustrations are done in colored pencil or similar, with soft lines and a good deal of texture. It is a cute style but not overly so. I really like the little black button eyes all the people have, and the silhouettes of dreamy butterflies and flowers on many of the pages. The shapes of the figures and objects in the art have shapes like child drawings of butterflies and flowers, actually - round and plump with little points here and there for definition. Well, however you'd describe it, I enjoy the style of illustration when paired with Anne in her younger years.
The story is very simple: it is bedtime and Anne is saying goodnight to all the important things. This is what makes me question the audience - it's not out of the ordinary for the Goodnight/Bedtime genre of picture book, but would "Snow Queen" or "Lake of Shining Waters" make much sense to a child who has not read an Anne book? But I feel those are several years advanced for a child who would read a Goodnight book, even if read aloud with a parent. There are references to plot points that also might not make any sense out of context. This makes me think this book is for people like me - teens or adults who love picture books for the illustrations, and also have a fondness for Anne. Maybe we're slowly introducing our favorite childhood books to our own kids, or there's the movies I guess, and this is a lovely little book to have around to share the joy of reading (and Anne).
But all the children in my life are far too young for Anne of Green Gables, whether the movie or actual books, so maybe I'm completely wrong there, and a kindergartener would like and appreciate this Goodnight book. Either way, older fans of the stories who like picture books should enjoy it!
The illustrations are delightful, and the story has Anne preparing for bed by naming various friends and wishing them well...mostly (Gilbert is mentioned unfavorably, as we see the illustration of him tugging Anne's braids).
Her greetings are not limited to humans; after all, her plant and tree have also captured her heart and imagination. I see the attraction of this book being for parents who are fans of the Anne of Green Gables series; they can begin reading this when their children are young, and then graduate to the new early-reader series or the familiar classics as time and ability allow. Children won't know the full back story of Anne's relationships with the various characters from this book, but they can be attracted by Anne's imagination and the darling illustrations.
(I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
Goodnight Anne is a great book to share as a bedtime story. It appeals to the parents that have read the Anne of Green Gables series and to the children that just want a few more minutes before bedtime. Kallie George offers parents the potential to start a bedtime ritual of wishing loved ones a goodnight. There are parts that the author has included that ask the reader for their thoughts and opinions, which provides busy parents with some valuable time interacting with their children. Genevieve Godbout has beautifully illustrated it with muted, serene colors that lends itself to a relaxing read. Hopefully, it will lead a new generation of readers into the Anne of Green Gables series.