August 7, 2015

A Fun Bedtime Story for Little Ones: Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi (Children's Book Review)

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My son really enjoys his Bible stories. Of course, he especially loves the ones with animals! Noah's Ark is one of those stories that has always been a favorite in our home. That's why I had looked forward to reading, Goodnight, Ark, with him.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Goodnight, Ark tells the story of Noah and the animals as they try to sleep through the storm that is raging outside. But when the storm gets louder, boars, quails, elephants, snakes and a few other furry friends join Noah in bed, creating quite the commotion! Author Laura Sassi brings a humorous new dimension to one of the Bible’s most popular stories, giving a delightful glimpse into the emotional bond between Noah and the animals in his care. With sleek, buoyant verse and eye-catching illustrations by Bear Snores On illustrator Jane Chapman, this read-aloud bedtime tale is sure to become a favorite of children and parents alike.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. Her poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in numerous family publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. and FamilyFun. She is the author of two picture books, Goodnight, Manger (Zonderkidz 2015) and Goodnight, Ark (Zonderkidz, 2014). She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie. She is represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.




Goodnight, Ark does a wonderful job at portraying a sweet and humorous twist on Noah's Ark, telling the story of the animals aboard, and what they do when the storm outside causes them to get a little bit jumpy--to say the least. The story includes prose with fun rhymes throughout. The illustrations, done by Jane Chapman, are my favorite part of this book. They are truly amazing, full of color and detail. My son loved naming the different animals displayed on each page.

Goodnight, Ark is an adorable and entertaining bedtime story. It's also a board book with a soft, yet durable padded cover and rounded corners, making it perfect for toddlers to flip through. I highly recommend this story, especially if you have little ones who enjoy looking at pictures of animals. My son loved it so much, we actually ended up reading it three times in a row. I 'm definitely looking into also getting Goodnight, Manager, another children's book written by Laura Sassi, so we can complete the series.


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