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Booklist - 02/15/2017 Multitalented McKellar has established herself as a passionate advocate of making math fun and engaging, and this is her first foray into picture books. Here children go through various bedtime rituals while saying good night to numbers in rhyme. The text is comprised of four lines per two-page spread and has a similarly simple, quiet feel as Margaret Wise Brown’s iconic Goodnight Moon. “Goodnight, four paws. / Goodnight, kitty cat. / Goodnight, four froggies / on the bathroom mat.” The illustrations, done in gentle and soft colors, show diverse families getting ready for bed, and they very cleverly incorporate the numbers—not only do the pictures reflect the text, but there are plenty of other objects in the spread to count as well, which reinforces counting skills and numeracy just as much as literacy. This extends to even the endpapers of the book, which have numbers written in different languages. The smaller illustrations lend this more to one-on-one sharing than a large storytime, but for such a simple concept, there is a lot to count on. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Toddler-PreS—This clever picture book celebrates bedtime and math. A diverse group of toddlers and adults are counting their way to bed in different rooms of the house. Each spread introduces a number as a child bids familiar objects good night. For example, for the number three, the text states, "Goodnight three wheels./Goodnight, three cans./Goodnight, all trucks/and pots and pans." The watercolor and digital illustrations elevate this title above most concept books by providing multiple examples of the number in question. For instance, for the number six, there are six snaps on the child's pajamas, six dots on the lampshade, and six blocks. Detail-oriented readers will love poring over these small nuances and counting everything on the various pages. VERDICT A winner for bedtimes or storytimes focusing on counting. A first purchase for libraries.—Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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