A Fun Bedtime Story for the Holidays: Goodnight, Manger By Laura Sassi #BookReview

I'm back with another treasure to add to your list of children's holiday reading, this time from author Laura Sassi. Those who have been following my posts throughout the summer might remember my review of Goodnight, Ark. That book has become a favorite here in my house and is always a blast to read! I'm happy to say that Sassi has done it again with her newest book Goodnight, Manger

Written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Chapman, Goodnight, Manger is an adorable and tender bedtime story, for Christmas or any time of year. Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Finally Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd baby Jesus into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars. With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Goodnight, Ark, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the nativity story.

Laura Sassi has a passion for telling humorous stories in rhyme. She writes daily from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie.

Goodnight, Manger uses the same humorous theme as Goodnight, Ark – only this time Mary is trying to get little baby Jesus to sleep, but there is just way too much commotion going on. Angels sing beautiful songs, animals dance with delight, and wise men bring in gifts. Everyone is so excited for the savior's wonderful birth that they just can't contain themselves. They all mean well, but unfortunately this doesn't help Mary with getting her little bundle of joy to sleep.

Goodnight, Manger is another fun story for little ones. I can see the excitement in my son's eyes as we read along, waiting to see what happens next. The illustrations by Jane Chapman are stunning and unlike anything I've ever seen in other children's Christmas books. She definitely has a way of telling a story through beautiful colors and imagery.

I really hope to see Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman come together for future Goodnight stories. This book is truly a pleasure to read and will definitely put a smile on your face. I highly recommend picking Goodnight, Manger up this holiday season and if you haven't already, be sure to also check out Goodnight, Ark.