★ "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." --The Horn Book, STARRED review
Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora, Goodnight Veggies is perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series and will keep emerging readers engaged with adorable illustrations, especially while children are at home exploring backyards, plant pots, and balcony garden patches.
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!
This rhythmic journey through a rooftop vegetable garden settling down to sleep names the varied inhabitants of a well-stocked plot "tossing, turning veggies/ need to get some rest." A smiling pink worm wearing a jaunty newsboy cap and a single tube sock and shoe acts as a friendly guide through each spread, hopping and slinking from a pea-pod tent through raised beds. Signature illustrations by OHora (Who Wet My Pants?) simply anthropomorphize the vegetables described in the text by Murray (Unicorn Day), which occasionally plays on vegetables' characteristics: the worm zooms through dirt while smiling potatoes close their eyes and corn "covers up its ears." As darkness descends, "every veggie's snoozing,/ beneath the moon so bright,/ for nothing's more exhausting/ than growing day and night." The produce-list narrative may be light, but the snuggled-in vegetables and sweet, lilting text offer an effectively snoozy bedtime rhyme. Ages 4 7. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency.