Goodnight, Ark

illus. by Jane Chapman. 32p. Zonderkidz. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780310737841.
PreS-Gr 2—After the animals board the ark and find sleeping spots, Noah heads off for a well-deserved rest. Unfortunately, the sounds of rain, hail, lightning, and thunder wake the animals who soon seek refuge—two by two—in Noah's bed. The patriarch doesn't wake until the tipping ark startles the skunks, which release noxious fumes. After the excitement, Noah croons a sleepy tune to lull the restless passengers to sleep. Sassi's bouncy verse incorporates lots of onomatopoeia for the sounds of weather and animals. The quail "Squee! Squee! Squawk!" while hail "pops" and "pings." Minimal text per page allows Chapman plenty of space to showcase the animals' movements. Sleepy skunks under Noah's bed appear harmless until the collapse. Listeners will enjoy following the pairs from one illustration to the next. Despite the storm, the tone is reassuring, not frightening, making the book an obvious bedtime choice. Worthwhile companion titles include Susan Campbell Bartoletti's soothing Naamah and the Ark at Night (Candlewick, 2011) and Sandra Boynton's busy Going to Bed Book (Little Simon, 1982).—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
The animals on Noah's ark have trouble sleeping with a storm raging, so they, one pair at a time, join Noah in his bed. When the skunks spray the whole bunch, they return to their straw and Noah sings them to sleep. The book adds little new to the familiar story or the bedtime-book genre, but both the rhymes and illustrations are pleasant.

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